Schöpf, Maclure, Werner, and the Earliest Work on American Geology

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Science  25 Jun 1971:
Vol. 172, Issue 3990, pp. 1333-1334
DOI: 10.1126/science.172.3990.1333


Schöpf produced the first substantial report on the geology of North America, a work that has long suffered unjustified oblivion. In at least one feature this treatise is superior to that of Maclure (the"Father of American Geology")— Schöpf attempted interpretation whereas Maclure did not. The suggestion is here offered that MacLure, who adopted Werner's classification of the stratigraphic succession, was simply shying away from Wernerian interpretation because he did not like the looks of it.