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THE work of which this is the first volume, bearing the names of two well known professors in the University of Chicago, is addressed to the mature student, and is designed “to present an outline of the salient features of geology, as now developed.” The present instalment, dealing with the nature and results of the processes now in operation upon the globe, will naturally prepare the way for the second volume, to be devoted to tracing the history of past ages. Agreeing with other writers in approaching the science from this side, the authors have been led by their own experience as teachers to depart somewhat from the beaten track in their general plan of treatment, as well as in the relative importance assigned to certain specific subjects. They tell us in their preface that they have laid little stress on the generally recognised divisions of geology, “dynamical,”“structural,”“stratigraphical,” &c., but have tried rather to emphasise the historical element even in the discussion of special themes, thus bringing out the essential unity of the science. Again, some subjects, such as the development of drainage-systems, the ultimate cause of crust-movements, and others, receive here fuller treatment than has been customary in works of this scope.

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