It happened on SEPTEMBER 21

1874
Jean-Baptiste de Beaumont died in Canon (France). A geologist, he prepared the first complete geological map of France. He held various political and administrative appointments. In investigating the causes of large orthographic formations (i.e., mountain ranges), he maintained they were due to distortions caused relatively rapidly by the cooling of the Earth’s crust, a view that fitted within the catastrophism of other thinkers of his time. He later accepted the thesis of a slow formation, along the lines of geological eras.


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