Darwin's First Theory: Exploring Darwin's Quest for a Theory of Earth

Darwin's First Theory: Exploring Darwin's Quest for a Theory of Earth

by Rob Wesson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777504
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,256,455
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Rob Wesson received a BS in earth science from MIT, and an MS and PhD in geophysics from Stanford University. His career in earthquake research with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) spans four decades. He is currently a Scientist Emeritus at the USGS and his work has been supported by grants from the National
Science Foundation. When not traveling to South America or elsewhere, Rob divides his time between his home in Evergreen, Colorado, and the cabin he built near McCarthy, Alaska.

Table of Contents

A Note on Quotations, Spelling, and Names xi

Prologue: A Peculiar Obsession xiii

Part 1 Darwin in Tine Field 1

1 The Lieutenant and the Beetle Collector 3

2 Field Trip with a Master: The State of Geology 25

3 Setting Out: The Adventures Begin 43

4 The First Years of the Voyage 63

5 Patagonia: The Great Workshop of Nature 85

6 Maria Graham and the Debate on the Causes of Elevation 111

7 Darwin's Earthquake 129

8 The Andes Arising 147

9 Coral Reefs and the Sinking Bottom of the Sea 169

Part 2 Darwin Theorizing 187

10 Faith Comforts, Facts Persuade 189

11 The Theory Comes Together 209

12 Extending the Theory: The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy 227

Part 3 Back on Darwin's Trail 249

13 From Uplift to Evolution 251

14 From Natural Selection to Plate Tectonics 273

15 In the Beagle's Wake 297

16 The Chilean Earthquake of 2010 319

17 Now You See Them, Now You Don't 341

18 Reflections: What Does It All Mean? 361

Notes 385

Bibliography 419

Photo Insert Credits 441

Acknowledgments 445

Index 449

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