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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

W. Thomas Straw and Paul K. Doss
David Dale Owen and the geological enterprise of New Harmony, Indiana, with a companion roadside geology of Vanderburgh and Posey Counties (in From the Cincinnati Arch to the Illinois Basin; geological field excursions along the Ohio River valley, Anton H. Maria (editor) and Ronald C. Counts (editor))
Field Guide (Geological Society of America) (2008) 12: 105-117

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.


ISSN: 2333-0937
EISSN: 2333-0945
Serial Title: Field Guide (Geological Society of America)
Serial Volume: 12
Title: David Dale Owen and the geological enterprise of New Harmony, Indiana, with a companion roadside geology of Vanderburgh and Posey Counties
Title: From the Cincinnati Arch to the Illinois Basin; geological field excursions along the Ohio River valley
Author(s): Straw, W. ThomasDoss, Paul K.
Author(s): Maria, Anton H.editor
Author(s): Counts, Ronald C.editor
Affiliation: P. O. Box 630, New Harmony, IN, United States
Affiliation: University of Southern Indiana, Geology and Physics Department, Evansville, IN, United States
Pages: 105-117
Published: 2008
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 978-0-8137-0012-0
References: 24
Accession Number: 2008-114530
Categories: Quaternary geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: 2 tables
N37°46'00" - N38°13'60", W88°07'00" - W87°27'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Kentucky Geological Survey, USA, United StatesUniversity of Southern Indiana, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200843
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