The Fundamental of Geology: And Their Bearings on the Doctrine, of a Literal Creation (Classic Reprint)
What may be called the first edition of the present work was printed in the summer of 3906 under the title of 'Illogical Geology.' It was only a pamphlet, and was intended only as a sort of trial edition, being circulated privately by the author for examination and criticism, some five hundred copies being distributed gratuitously among the geologists and other scientists of this country and England. A large number of replies were received. The president of one of our greatest universities, who is rightly considered the leading authority in one department of zoology, wrote the author some six letters in defense of the popular theories: but he presented nothing in the way of argument that had not been considered in 'Illogical Geology,' and closed the subject by saying that he did not see 'anything very amazing' in my Five Facts. Hut the replies from other illustrious scholars of international reputation have encouraged the author to believe that these Facts, as well as the whole general argument, absolutely demand a reconstruction of geological theory: and under this belief this preliminary outline has been revised and extended into the present volume, the changes warranting also a change of title.
No one was more painfully conscious of the crudeness and imperfections of the first edition than was the author. But it served its purpose in shaping up the subject: and the criticisms of many friends have been helpful in showing how it ought to be improved. However, the corrections and enlargements here presented have come chiefly from important discoveries that have since been made.
Perhaps of first importance among the latter should be mentioned the great increase in our knowledge of the so-called faulted area in Montana and Alberta, where several thousand square miles of Cambrian or Pre-Cambrian rocks occur, often apparently conformably, on the Cretaceous (see frontispiece).
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