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New Russian to English Translation Reveals the Strata of the Earth
10 August 2012
Geological Society of America, The
Finally, an English translation of Mikhail Lomonsov's most important work! This new volume from The Geological Society of America offers the first English translation of On the Strata of the Earth. Published in 1763, this work predates James Hutton's celebrated Theory of the Earth by a quarter century, with provocative similarities and insightful differences. Translators Stephen M. Rowland and Slava Korolev offer extensive notes explaining obscure terms and providing background for this 1763 work.
Russian scholars have long considered Mikhail Lomonosov to be a true giant among eighteenth-century scientists and scholars, and Russian historians of science consider On the Strata of the Earth to be his most important contribution to geology. Regrettably, relatively few people beyond the borders of Russia have been able to read what Lomonosov wrote, so his views on rock-forming processes and Earth history have languished in obscurity. In this first English translation of Lomonosov's On the Strata of the Earth, the translators have transformed Lomonosov's descriptions and interpretations of the materials, morphology, processes, and history of the Earth into accessible English, while preserving his voice and the flavor of his style.
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