Charles Darwin reputedly discovered a Cenozoic igneous dyke which, in part, runs under Keele University campus where I work. The fact that Charles Darwin made significant geological observations as well as biological ones is being noted currently in the geoblogosphere, notably Callan at NOVA geoblog giving a talk on Darwin the Geologist, Chris M at Pools & Riffles showing beautiful geological cross-sections that Darwin made in South America and Julia at Ethical Palaeontologist embarking on twelve days of Darwin amongst others.
In my own small way I’m contributing to the celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth by leading a geological walk around Maer, Staffordshire in March. Darwin visited Maer on many occasions, made his observations on earthworms here, and was married to Emma Wedgwood in Maer church.
However, the point of this post is to give a heads-up the the Geological Society (of London) is giving open access throughout 2009 to the papers that he published with the Geological Society. There are 10 papers in total- three in the Transactions of the Geological Society of London and seven in the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society.
‘On the Thickness of the Pampean Formation, near Buenos Ayres’
Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 19: 68-71.
‘On British Fossil Lepadidæ’
Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 6: 439-440.
‘On the Transportal of Erratic Boulders from a lower to a higher level’
Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 4: 315-323.
‘An account of the Fine Dust which often falls on Vessels in the Atlantic Ocean’
Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 2: 26-30.
‘On the Geology of the Falkland Islands’
Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 2: 267-274.
‘The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs; being the first Part of the Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle under the Command of Capt. Fitzroy, R.N. during the Years 1832 to 1836: Naturalist to the Expedition. London, pp. 214. 1842′
Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 1845, 1: 381-389.
‘Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands visited during the voyage of H. M. S. Beagle, together with some brief notices on the geology of Australia and the Cape of Good Hope ; being the second part of the Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. Fitzroy, R. N., during the years 1832 to 1836: London, pp. 176, with a map of the Island of Ascension’
Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 1845, 1: 556-558.
‘XXVII.—On the Distribution of the Erratic Boulders and on the Contemporaneous Unstratified Deposits of South America’
Transactions of the Geological Society of London s2-6: 415-431.
‘XXXV.—On the Formation of Mould’
Transactions of the Geological Society of London s2-5: 505-509.
‘XLII.—On the Connexion of certain Volcanic Phenomena in South America; and on the Formation of Mountain Chains and Volcanos, as the Effect of the same Power by which Continents are elevated’
Transactions of the Geological Society of London s2-5: 601-631.
Source: Geological Society