Charles Lyell in Louisiana

Hubert C. Skinner


In 1845-1846, Charles Lyell, renowned British geologist and author of the Principles of Geology (London, 1830-1833, et seq. ed.), made a second visit to the United States of America, a geological excursion during which he came to Louisiana to view and study the Mississippi River and its delta. The intent here is to review Lyell's observations on the lower Mississippi River and other geological features in Louisiana and briefly to evaluate his influence on subsequent studies. He was the first qualified earth scientist to visit and comment on the Louisiana area.

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