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Henry Darwin Rogers, 1808-1866 : American geologist
Gerstner, Patsy, 1933-
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Publication Information:
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [1994]

Physical Description:
xi, 311 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1710 Lexile.
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Central Library QE22.R64 G47 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Henry Darwin Rogers was one of the first professional geologists in the United States. He directed two of the earliest state geological surveys--New Jersey and Pennsylvania--in the mid-1830s. His major interest was Pennsylvania, with its Appalachian Mountains, which Rogers saw as great folds of sedimentary rock. He belived that an interpretation of these folds would lead to an understanding of the dynamic processes that had shaped the earth. From Rogers' efforts to explain these Pennsylvania folds came the first uniquely American theory of mountain elevation, a theory that Rogers personally considered his most significant achievement.

Author Notes

Patsy Gerstner is Chief Curator, Historical Division, Cleveland Health Sciences Library, and Adjunct Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University.

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Gerstner (Case Western Reserve Univ.) has produced a scholarly, comprehensive biography of Rogers, one of the first professional geologists in the US. A teacher and a geologist with strong convictions, dedication, and curiosity for geology, Rogers had clear visions and ideas about the promotion and advancement of geological studies in the US during the 1830s and 1840s. His scientific inquiry and broad, solid background in natural sciences were much appreciated by the British geological community, and he was the first American geologist elected a fellow of the Geological Society of London. Rogers was instrumental in bridging the gap between the North American and English geologists and made possible the exchange of ideas and information between these two schools of thought through his presentations, lectures, and publications in both countries. He founded and directed two of the earliest state geological surveys (New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and conducted extensive field work along and across the Appalachian Mountains. From these studies came the first uniquely American theory of mountain building and elevation and a systematic nomenclature for Paleozoic formations. Through this biography the reader can have a better understanding of the origin and problems associated with early state surveys and the dynamics of the geological community and scientific circles in the US between 1830 and 1860. The book follows a chronological order of the events in Rogers's life up to 1866. A lucid and useful book. All levels. Y. Dilek; Vassar College

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