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Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton's concepts of uniformitarianism – the idea that the earth was shaped by slow-moving forces still in operation today. Lyell was a close and influential friend of Charles Darwin.

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Charles Lyell - author of Principals of Geology, one of the books Alma had read relating to her work with moss.

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The frontispiece from Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (second American edition, 1857), showing the origins of different rock types.

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Charles Lyell Died 2/22/1875

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Charles Lyell (1797-1875) -Geology proves that the earth is much older than biblical records claim -By looking at natural causes for floods, mountains, and valleys, he removed the miraculous hand of God from the physical development of the earth. -Anthropologists, psychologist, and sociologists proposed that religious sentiments are just one more set of natural phenomena.

Charles Lyell: Principles of Geology

BBC - Your Paintings - Charles Darwin (1809–1882), with Sir Charles Lyell (1797–1875), and Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817–1911) by Victor Eustaphieff

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Principles of Geology, by Charles Lyell

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