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Fragmens de geologie et de climatologie Asiatiques by Alexander von Humboldt
  

Fragmens de geologie et de climatologie Asiatiques

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science Series

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Fragmens de geologie et de climatologie Asiatiques by Alexander von Humboldt

Prussian explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was one of the most respected scientists of his day, influencing the work of Darwin. He is considered the founder of physical geography, climatology, ecology and oceanography. In 1829, the Russian government invited Humboldt to visit the gold and platinum mines in the Urals. As he studied the mountains' mineral wealth, he was the first to predict the presence of diamonds. During six months, his epic 10,000-mile expedition took him as far as the Altai Mountains and the Chinese frontier. Humboldt's observations on the geography, volcanic geology and meteorology of Central Asia, being then a largely unexplored territory, were acknowledged as pioneering contributions. The results of his journey also provided much of the data used in part of his great work Kosmos. The first volume of this book, published in 1831, deals with the mountain chains and volcanoes of Central Asia.

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Publication date

28th June 2012

Author

Alexander von Humboldt

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Paperback
326 pages

Categories

History of science

ISBN

9781108049429

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