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Here's a review of a book on William Smith, called by some the father of geology, and creator of the first geological map.

http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/2001/08/18/FFXRJ2YZDQC.html

An excerpt:

<<It was Smith's work in 1792 for the Littleton Coal Company, in Somerset, that, as he descended the shafts, literally brought him face to face with the various rock strata and their fossils. The miners had themselves observed that the order of the different types of rocks was the same in every pit throughout the minefield. Smith, with the inspiration of genius, surmised that this was the case worldwide and that the fossils in each stratum were distinctive to that, and only that, stratum. Work from 1793 on the Somerset Coal Canal allowed him to test his theories further as he sliced through the countryside.>>

Enjoy!

Selena
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