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Reception of the classification and new challenges

Joseph Paxson Iddings
Reception of the classification and new challenges (in Recollections of a petrologist, Davis A. Young (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (May 2015) 512


It was to be expected that so radical a departure from current petrographical usage, and so novel a nomenclature as that proposed for the new system of rock classification, which was essentially a classification of magmas, would be very differently received by different petrographers according to their own views of igneous rocks and their individual temperaments. Indeed, we were not surprised that by some it was not received at all. "For," as Moses exclaimed, "their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges." They did not even acknowledge the receipt of the volume sent to them; at least, in a few notable instances no acknowledgment ever reached us. Canada Anticipating the shock, which might be occasioned in the minds of some petrographers, by the first sight of the full-fledged scheme, we wrote letters to a number of them stating the general plan of the undertaking and the method of its development. To Frank Adams, who had been taken into our confidence at an earlier period and, but for his inability to take part in our frequent conferences, would have been included in our committee, we submitted a draft of the complete proposition. His comment was: The whole scheme is excellently set forth and the proposed classification seems to me to be good. Of course, as we all grumble at the introduction of new terms in the present classification, the setting forth of an entirely new series of names will of course meet with opposition. To do away with the entire nomenclature of a science and substitute a new one is a sweeping reform. But, as you show, half measures are useless, and if the plan is to be followed a completely new nomenclature is required.

ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 512
Title: Reception of the classification and new challenges
Title: Recollections of a petrologist
Author(s): Iddings, Joseph Paxson
Author(s): Young, Davis A.editor
Affiliation: Calvin College, Department of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Published: 20150515
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
Accession Number: 2015-055300
Categories: Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201525
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