Map and Plates to the Memoir on the Geology & Volcanic Formations of Central France, 1827.

George Julius Poulett Scrope

Educated at Cambridge, Scrope became interested in geology under the influence of Edward Daniel Clarke and Adam Sedgwick. His fascination with volcanoes was solidified after a trip to Naples enabled him to explore Mount Vesuvius. This 360° view of the ancient lava fields in central France traces the layering effect of volcanic emissions and the resulting changes of the landscape. As a close friend of Charles Lyell, Scrope believed that natural forces observed in the present –– such as volcanic eruptions –– were the same forces that shaped formations of the past.

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