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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. 524/5/8

Date(s)

16 March 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 enclosing copies of topographical drawings of the Grand Canyon by William Henry Holmes. He pontificates over what text he will eventually send to accompany the drawings and asserts that the Grand Canyon was formed during the Pliocene and the Quaternary geological periods rather than by erosion during the Tertiary period. He promises to forward copies of Holmes' drawings of the Kaibab region shortly. He reports that John W Powell has become president of the United States Geological Survey, and feeling that it is in good hands Clarence King has resigned as vice-president. He reports that King will become the manager of Quincy Adams Shaw's mining interests in Boston and director of the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad who are currently extending the line to San Francisco, the Gulf of California and Mexico City.

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