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Geology Emerges as a Science: European Roots

Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim

in Song of the Earth: Understanding Geology and Why It Matters

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2021
ISBN:
9780197502464
eISBN:
9780197502495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197502464.003.0002
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Historical Geology

This chapter and the next one cover the way in which geology came to be a science in its own right, spanning the early centuries of geology. Lives of crucial individual scientists from the sixteenth ... More


A Technofossil of the Anthropocene: Sliding Up and Down Temporal Scales with Plastic

Andrea Westermann

in Power and Time: Temporalities in Conflict and the Making of History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226481623
eISBN:
9780226706016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226706016.003.0005
Subject:
History, Historiography

Applying the technofossil metaphor to plastic and its waste has greatly amplified the resonance of the notion, a resonance due to our collective experience with synthetic materials. Plastic waste ... More


“That Something Living is Abroad”: Missing the Point in ‘Beachy Head’

Lily Gurton-Wachter

in Watchwords: Romanticism and the Poetics of Attention

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780804796958
eISBN:
9780804798761
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804796958.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter finds in Charlotte Smith’s final prospect poem, Beachy Head, a preoccupation with figures of keeping watch, including a geological watchfulness that undermines the wartime logic of ... More


Geology Emerges as a Science: On the Other Side of the Pond

Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim

in Song of the Earth: Understanding Geology and Why It Matters

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2021
ISBN:
9780197502464
eISBN:
9780197502495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197502464.003.0003
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Historical Geology

This chapter discusses the development of American geology. Starting with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Silliman, and Louis Agassiz, who spent the latter portion of his career in the United States and ... More


Introduction: Why Geology?

Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim

in Song of the Earth: Understanding Geology and Why It Matters

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2021
ISBN:
9780197502464
eISBN:
9780197502495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197502464.003.0001
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Historical Geology

Geology offers a unique perspective on the Earth—past, present, and future. It is the language through which the Earth speaks, by means of rocks, geologic processes, the geologic record, and the ... More


Song of the Earth: Understanding Geology and Why It Matters

Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2021
ISBN:
9780197502464
eISBN:
9780197502495
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197502464.001.0001
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Historical Geology

This book is a scientific, historical, and philosophical narrative for general readers that explores the relationship between humans and the Earth and the geologic principles of time, plate ... More


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