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James Geikie (1839-1915) was born in Edinburgh, and his work from 1861 as a field geologist for the Geological Survey in Scotland provided the evidence for the theories he proposes in this work, first published in 1874 (revised editions appeared in 1877 and 1894). Geikie brought together his own research and the findings of other geologists in Scotland to support his main thesis of 'drift' being evidence of the action not of sea ice but of land ice. He was influenced by James Croll's theory that changes in the Earth's orbit led to epochs of cold climate in one hemisphere and warm in the other, and Geikie believed that the geological record provided evidence for inter-glacial periods. The book was hailed as a breakthrough at the time, and brought the author international recognition. With intricate scientific theories explained in clear uncluttered language, this remains a classic text.
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Preface; 1. Introductory; 2. Superficial formations of Scotland; 3. Early theories; 4. Mr Croll's theory of glacier motion; 5. Greenland; 6. Origin of the till and rock striations and groovings of Scotland; 7. Origin of the till; 8. Cause of cosmical changes of climate; 9. Cause of cosmical changes of climate (cont.); 10. Cause of cosmical changes of climate (cont.); 11. Beds subject to and intercalated with the Scottish till; 12. Beds subject to and intercalated with the Scottish till (cont.); 13. Beds subject to and intercalated with the Scottish till (cont.); 14. Beds subject to and intercalated with the Scottish till (cont.); 15. Boulder-clay beds of Scotland; 16. Upper drift deposits of Scotland; 17. Upper drift deposits of Scotland (cont.); 18. Upper drift deposits of Scotland (cont.); 19. Upper drift deposits of Scotland (cont.); 20. Upper drift deposits of Scotland (cont.); 21. Lakes and sea-lochs of Scotland; 22. Post-glacial and recent deposits of Scotland; 23. Post-glacial and recent deposits of Scotland (cont.); 24. Post-glacial and recent deposits of Scotland (cont.); 25. Glacial deposits of England and Ireland; 26. Superficial deposits of Scandinavia; 27. Superficial deposits of Switzerland; 28. Superficial deposits of North America; 29. Cave-deposits and ancient river-gravels of England; 30. Climate of the palaeolithic period; 31. Geological age of the palaeolithic deposits; 32. Geological positions of neolithic, palaeolithic, and mammaliferous deposits of foreign countries; 33. Conclusion; Appendix; Index.

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