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Geological Observations of Volcanic Islands
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date November 7, 2015
Pages 152
Binding Paperback
Edition Annotated
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781519171306
ISBN-10 1519171307
Dimensions 0.35 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $6.99
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands, visited during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle is a book written by the English naturalist Charles Darwin. The book was published in 1844, and is based on his travels during the second voyage of HMS Beagle, commanded by captain Robert FitzRoy. It is the second book in a series of geology books written by Darwin, and also includes The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs, published in 1842, and Geological Observations on South America, published in 1846 The text contains seven chapters, and includes observations made during Darwin's travels to the volcanic island of St. Jago in Cape Verde, the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, Ascension Island, the island of Saint Helena, the Galápagos Islands, James Island, New Zealand, Australia, Van Diemen's Land, and the Cape of Good Hope. The book includes one of the earliest accounts of the process of magmatic differentiation. While observing a basaltic lava flow in the Galápagos Islands, Darwin observed that "crystals sink from their weight"[3][note 1] and that this "throws light on the separation of the high silica versus low silica series of rocks."[2] This was the first proposal of the fractional crystallization hypothesis of magma differentiation that was further developed and demonstrated in the 20th century. The geologist Archibald Geikie praised the book, calling it "the best authority on the general geological structure of most of the regions it describes," and that Darwin was "one of the earliest writers to recognize the magnitude of denudation to which even recent geological accumulations have been subjected." A second edition of the book, published in 1876, combines Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands with Geological Observations on South America.

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About: The preparation of the series of works published under the general title "Geology of the Voyage of the 'Beagle'" occupied a great part of Darwin's time during the ten years that followed his return to England.

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