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Papers of Sir Archibald Geikie
    Correspondence of Sir Archibald Geikie (A-H)
        Correspondence from Captain Clarence Edward Dutton

Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division

Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 Sir Archibald Geikie Gen. 524/5/7

Date(s)

20 January 1881

Extent and medium of the unit of description

1

letter

Name of creator

Dutton | Capt | Clarence Edward | 1841-1912 | American geologist, United States Geological Survey

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton. He encloses a report by Clarence King and explains the poor quality of his own entry in this. He discusses the formation of the basaltic plateaux which are cut by the Grand Canyon in the light of some articles written by Geikie. He concludes that there are 2 models of volcanic eruption: The Mediterranean Type where many small eruptions concentrated in a small area produce cinder cones and the Rocky Mountain Type where few very large eruptions diffuse over a large area.

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