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THIS volume will have a melancholy interest, especially for the older geologists; for the author says that it “is intended as a closing deliverance on some of the more important questions of geology, on the part of a veteran worker, conversant in his younger days with those giants of the last generation, who, in the heroic age of geological science, piled up the mountains on which it is now the privilege of their successors to stand.” We must bear in mind this implied limitation, that the heroic age of geology is now past, and must treat the volume before us as containing an account of researches and speculations made during the lifetime of a bygone generation. It is, in fact, a sort of scientific autobiography, touched up here and there to agree with recent research, but not claiming authority as an epitome of the present state of our knowledge.

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