By Christina Reed
A background of Earth sciences within the 20th century discusses the advantages of making cautious observations and pursuing paths and ideas that others have overlooked or haven't ventured to tread
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On Wednesday, April 18, 1906, the northernmost 267 miles (430 km) of the San Andreas Fault ruptured. The strong shaking liquefied foundations under San Francisco, and although it took less than a minute for the seismic waves from the earthquake to pass, the city would burn for days. The quake had snapped electricity lines and damaged the water mains; fires ignited and firefighters were left without their primary resource to put them out. Although the city had seen its share of both quakes and fires in the past, it was unprepared for the devastation now at hand.
This Web site provides an excerpt of short biographies of influential Earth scientists at Yale University from “Earth Sciences,” by Karl K. Turekian and Barbara L. Narendra, in Science at Yale, edited by S. Altman, Yale University, 2002. Available online. html. Accessed April 24, 2006. Osborn, Henry F. ” Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 21 (1905): 259–265. This report introduces the world to T. rex. ———. ” Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 22 (1906): 281–296. This report corrects a misidentification of another fossil.
Rex skeleton from Big Dry Creek, Montana, in 1908. 6 m) tall and measure 47 feet (14 m) from tip to tail when mounted for display at the American Museum of Natural History in 1915. The plans for the display had included mounting the holotype specimen (AMNH 973) in a crouching position over a fossil of a Trachodon as if the two were fighting over a meal. In an article for Scientific American, Brown described the scene: “It is early morning along the shore of a Cretaceous lake four million years ago.
Earth science: decade by decade by Christina Reed