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An Account of the Basalts of Saxony With Observations on the Origin of Basalt in General

By: Jean-François Daubuisson de Voisins(Author), Patrick Neill(Translated by)
316 pages, b/w illustrations
An Account of the Basalts of Saxony
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About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

Jean-François Daubuisson (1769-1841), geologist and engineer, was an Officer of the Legion d'Honneur, Knight of St Louis and Chief Engineer at the Royal Mining Corps. He published numerous papers on geology, mining and hydraulics, and is best known for his textbooks, Traite de Geognosie and Traite d'Hydraulique. He studied geology and mineralogy in Freiburg with Abraham Werner, the key proponent of Neptunism, the theory that all rocks had an aqueous origin. Later in his career Daubuisson was to side with the Plutonists, who argued that basalts formed from molten rock. However, in An Account of the Basalts of Saxony, published in French in 1803, he describes his observations of the basalts of Saxony and argues that they, and all basalts, are sedimentary.

This English translation by the Secretary of the Wernerian Natural History Society was published in 1814, and provides a fascinating insight into this discredited but once influential theory of the Earth.

Contents

Preface by the translator
Introduction

1. Preliminary definitions
2. Of the basalts of Saxony
3. Inferences respecting the formation of the basalts of Saxony
4. Proofs that the basaltic rocks of Saxony are not of volcanic origin; Observations on the origin of basalt in general
5. Inferences respecting basalt in general

Account of the properties of basalt
Notes

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By: Jean-François Daubuisson de Voisins(Author), Patrick Neill(Translated by)
316 pages, b/w illustrations
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