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Volcanoes, Basalt, and the Discovery of Geological Time: an online exhibition 30 March 2008

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‘Vulcan’s Forge and Fingal’s Cave: Volcanoes, Basalt, and the Discovery of Geological Time’ was an exhibition presented at the Linda Hall Library, Kansas City, Missouri, from October 2003 to March 2004. Why tell you about an exhibition that closed four years ago? Because, thanks to the LHL’s enlightened and imaginative approach to the internet, it left a wonderful website behind it.

The exhibition presented over sixty rare books and journals from the period 1650-1830, representing changing perceptions of basalt and the significance of the understanding of basalt’s igneous (as opposed to aqueous) nature and of the phenomenon of volcanism for the growing recognition of the immensity of geological time. The online exhibition is divided into seventeen richly-illustrated sections which display sixty-six printed items dealing with basalt and volcanism, many of them spectacular and beautiful as well as fascinating. The presentation of these items is crystal-clear and immaculate, the texts are informative and thought-provoking, and the organization and navigation is straightforward.

Vesuvius and EtnaBasalt along the RhineDerbyshire Toadstone … it’s all here. Highly recommended.

Vulcan’s Forge and Fingal’s Cave – entrance page for the online exhibition
Online Exhibitions – Linda Hall Library – list of the online exhibitions available at the LHL
Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology – main page for the LHL

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