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Primefact Number: 563    Edition: First edition    Released/reviewed: 01 Feb 2007

Early humans needed a knowledge of simple geology to enable them to select the most suitable rock types both for axe-heads and knives and for the ornamental stones they used in worship. This Primefact traces the history of geology across the classical, medieval  and renaissance times, on to the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Other topics include:

  • geology becomes a science;
  • the establishment of a geological time scale;
  • other geological advances;
  • the development of geology in Australia.
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563 History of geology - Full version 01 Feb 2007  192.2 KB