What Are the Principles of Geology? by Scottish geologist, Charles Lyell was first published in three volumes in 1830-1833 by the Scottish scientist, Dr. Lyell. This book contains eleven chapters, which were organized as a dialogue between Lyell and John William Polkinghorne, who was the editor of one of the volumes. The author of “What Are the Principles of Geology?” was the American geologist, Joseph J. Taylor.
The first chapter in “What Are the Principles of Geology?” is entitled “What is Geology?” The second chapter covers the subject of sedimentary rocks. In this chapter Lyell describes the geological process of sedimentation and their relationship to the strata beds of the earth.
Lyell introduces the concept of fossiliferous rocks as well as metamorphic rocks. In the next chapter, “The Formation of Sedimentary Rocks,” he analyzes the formation and composition of such rock and also explains their connection with sedimentary rocks. In the fourth chapter, “The General Characteristics of Sedimentary Rocks,” Lyell presents a complete description of the types of sediments that exist on the earth. He explains the sedimentary rocks and their connection with the earth.
In the fifth chapter, “The Principles of Physical Geography,” Lyell explains the relationship between physical geography and geology. He explains that there is a direct connection between the geological processes and physical geography. He then goes on to describe the theory of plate tectonics, which is basically the study of landmasses moving over the earth’s surface as they move relative to the axis of the earth. The plates that exist in this theory are called the lithosphere and the strata that form in them are calling the crust.
In the sixth chapter, “The Geography of Sedimentary Rocks,” Lyell explains the composition of different kinds of rock and its relationship with the lithosphere. The next section covers the earth’s interior. The seventh and final part of the “What Are the Principles of Geology?” is devoted to explaining the occurrence of fossils in different strata.
“What Are the Principles of Geology” has received many accolades. It has been praised for being an important, concise, and useful text in the field of geology.
This book is written concisely. It is easy to read, informative, and very easy to understand. This is why “What Are the Principles of Geology?” is considered to be an important text by many geologists.