Theory of the Earth (1788) (Google eBook)
THIS globe of the earth is a habitable world; and on its fitness for this purpose, our sense of wisdom in its formation must depend. To judge of this point, we must keep in view, not only the end, but the means also by which that end is obtained. These are, the form of the whole, the materials of which it is composed, and the several powers which concur, counter-act, or balance one another, in procuring the general result.
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An Investigation of the Natural Operations employed in consolidating the Strata of the Globe
Investigation of the Natural Operations employed in the Production of Land above the Surface of the Sea
System of Decay and Renovation observed in the Earth
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