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Mount Vesuvius and Charles Lyell

Geology, we now know, is not static.  But this is not intrinsically obvious, and so far as logic is concerned, need not be the case.  It is only in relatively recent history that the constancy of geological change has been believable based on the best available scientific evidence.  702 more words

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Orchid comes from the Greek “orkhis,” which means testicle and associated with male virility and sexuality. One type of Orchid is the Paphiopedilum. The name is derived from the word “P…

Source: #WorldofSymbolism . . . Orchid


For the Love of Fossils

Charles Lyell’s amazing collection of fossils in the OUMNH got me thinking about why he (and others) collected these fossils. Was it for a purely academic purpose or was there something else? 569 more words

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Charles Lyell's Friends and Family

It’s that time of the year again, when we come together with friends and family to share in the festivities. So I thought it would be wonderful to find out about the family and friends of Charles Lyell. 595 more words

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Charles Lyell and the Sowerbys

Imagine this: Charles Lyell sitting with his friend George Brettingham Sowerby discussing and identifying fossils from Lyell’s last adventure whilst in a pair of plushy armchairs drinking tea. 607 more words

History Of The Collection

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By Sarah Joomun, Documentation officer

In the 1820s a young geologist named Charles Lyell travelled around France studying the landscape and rock formations to try and work out the processes that created them. 378 more words

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