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03/06/1726 Scottish geologist James Hutton is born

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Great Minds: James Hutton, Founder of Geology

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James Hutton, "father of modern geology"

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James Hutton : Deep Time

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James Hutton: Father of Modern Geology

He discovered a fundamental principle of geology, called uniformitarianism. According to the principle, geological processes examined in the present time explain the formation of older rocks. "The present is the key to the past." Uniformitarianism made Hutton a father of modern geology. Similar attitude is used in all fields of science.
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