Abstract

At the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in 1931, the writer submitted a brief paper on the earliest use of the word, “Geology,” in the sense, or approximately in the sense, in which it is now employed. After citing a number of very early works in which the word is found it was stated that the earliest use of the term, so far as had been ascertained, was in Lovell’s “Pammineralogicon or an Universal History of Minerals etc.,” which appeared in 1661.

Since that meeting further information on the subject has been obtained, and this is presented in the present communication.

Robert Plot in his “Natural History of Stafford-Shire,” published at Oxford in 1686, in writing of the phenomena attendant upon earthquakes, says (p. 145) “as we find it in the Geologia Norwegica, it makes a terrible rumbleing like loud thunder.” Search for a copy of this. . . .

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