THE ENTIRE SCIENCE OF GEOLOGY IN A SINGLE CROSS-SECTION

This tremendous geopanorama is a simplified “world of geology” as drawn by pioneering geologist Thomas Webster (1773 – 1844) with the pictures of animals and fossils added by Dr Buckland. It was published by Webster and Buckland in independent publications in 1836 and 1937.

Entitled “Ideal Section of a Portion of the Earth’s Crust, Inteded to Shew the Order of Deposition of the Stratified Rocks, with Their Relations to the Unstratified Rocks” this is possibly the earliest integrated geologic theory of the earth: Steno’s Law of Superposition, William Smith’s use of fossils to identify geologic strata, and observed relations within igneous and volcanic terrains are all synthesized into a single, idealized model. Even dinosaurs are there, though the word “dinosaur” had yet to be invented. And the Dodo Bird (noted on the section as not found alive since 1691) is demonstrated as an example of a newly extinct species.

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