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The Old Red Sandstone (1868)


The Old Red Sandstone (1868)

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    Hugh Miller
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER H. Die Old Ked San Istone. —Till very lately its Existence as a distinct Formation disputed. — Still little known. — Its great Importance in the Geological Scale.—Illustration. —The North of Scotland girdled by an immense ]5elt of Old Ked Sandstone. — Line of the Girdle along the Coast Marks of vast Denudation. — Its Extent partially indicated by Hills on the Western Coast of Ross-shire. —The System of Great Depth in the North of Scotland. — Difficulties in the way of estimating the Thickness of Deposits. — Peculiar Forma- tion of Hill Illustrated by Ben Nevis. — Caution to the Gcologica1 Critic. — Lower Old lied Sandstone immensely developed in Caithness. — Sketch of the Geology of that County. — Its strange Grouf of Fossils. — Their present place of Sepulture. — Their ancient Habitat. — Agassiz. — Amazing Progress of Fossil Ichthyology dur ing the last few Years. — Its Nomenclature. — Learned Names repol unlearned Readers. — Not a great deal in them. " The Old Red Sandstone," says a Scottish geologist, in a digest of some recent geological discoveries, which appeared a short time ago in an Edinburgh newspaper," has been hitherto considered as remarkably barren of fossils." The remark is expressive of a pretty general opinion among geologists of even the present time, and I quote it on this account. Only a few years have gone by since men of no low standing in the science disputed the very existence of this formation — system rather, for it contains at least three distinct formations and but for the influence of one accomplished geologist, the celebrated author of the Silurian System, it would have been probably degraded from its place in the scale altogether. " You must inevitably give up the Old Red Sandstone," said an ingenious foreigner to Mr. Murchison, w...  
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