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Going Global the American Committee and the First Inventory of Extinction

in Nature's Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226038148
eISBN:
9780226038155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226038155.003.0006
Subject:
History, Environmental History

As he approached graduation at Harvard University, Harold J. Coolidge, Jr., experienced a burning desire to make a name for himself. His first opportunity came when he signed on as an assistant ... More


The Bank of Time

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0003
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter examines the efforts of various geologists to calculate the age of the Earth. Each calculation from geology depended on its own assumptions, and each gave at least a slightly different ... More


Darwin’s Audacity, Lyell’s Choreography

Alistair Sponsel

in Darwin's Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226523118
eISBN:
9780226523255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226523255.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter reveals the dazzling strategy underlying the content and presentation of Darwin’s 1837 Geological Society paper on the formation of coral reefs. While the paper might appear in ... More


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