Scepticism in geology and the reasons for it, by Verifier

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John Murray, 1877 - Geology - 158 pages

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Page vi - But expectation is permissible where belief is not ; and if it were given me to look beyond the abyss of geologically recorded time to the still more remote period when the earth was passing through physical and chemical conditions, which it can no more see again than a man can recall his infancy, I should expect to be a witness of the evolution of living protoplasm from not living matter.
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Page 76 - I have therefore little doubt that the Bath springs, like most other thermal waters, mark the site of some great convulsion and fracture which took place in the crust of the earth at some former period — perhaps not a very remote one, geologically speaking.

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