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David Dale Owen and the geological enterprise of New Harmony, Indiana, with a companion roadside geology of Vanderburgh and Posey Counties

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W. Thomas Straw
W. Thomas Straw
P.O. Box 630, New Harmony, Indiana 47631, USA
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Paul K. Doss
Paul K. Doss
University of Southern Indiana, Geology, 8600 University Blvd., Evansville, Indiana 47712, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2008

Abstract

New Harmony, Indiana, has an important place in the history of geology for North America. David Dale Owen, son of Robert Owen, who had attempted to establish a communal society in New Harmony, developed an impressive geological enterprise there. D.D. Owen's work included geological training at his New Harmony laboratories and the first geological mapping expeditions for many states and districts in the expanding United States. He served as the first state geologist for Indiana, a position also held by his brother, Richard. Several scientific notables, including William Maclure, Charles Lyell, Thomas Say, and others visited and studied natural history while based in New Harmony. The famous "Boatload of Knowledge" brought several artists, teachers, scientists, and other intellectuals to their new home in New Harmony, Indiana. Our trip to some of the original sites in this important town, including D.D. Owen's geological laboratories and Maclure's Working Men's Institute, will take us through the characteristic southwestern Indiana landscape of glacial-meltwater-lake plains, loess mantled bedrock uplands, and the Ohio and Wabash River valleys.

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From the Cincinnati Arch to the Illinois Basin: Geological Field Excursions along the Ohio River Valley

Anton H. Maria
Anton H. Maria
Geology and Physics Department University of Southern Indiana 8600 University Boulevard Evansville, Indiana 47712 USA
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Ronald C. Counts
Ronald C. Counts
Kentucky Geological Survey Western Kentucky Office 1401 Corporate Court Henderson, Kentucky 42420 USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
12
ISBN electronic:
9780813756127
Publication date:
January 01, 2008

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