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📣 Briefly Talk: James Hutton, Father of Modern Geology?

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James Hutton (1726–1797), Scottish farmer, chemist, and naturalist, played a key role in establishing geology as modern science.

He elaborated the fundamental principle of modern geology: uniformitarianism.

Hutton’s theory explains the features of the Earth’s crust made by natural processes over geologic time.

Its emphasis on a long cyclical process of erosion, deposition, sedimentation was revolutionary.

Hutton’s demonstrations and observational evidence are gathered in a work published in two volumes, Theory of the Earth.

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