United States Geological Survey
Found in 27 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton. He encloses a report by Clarence King and explains the poor quality of his own entry in this. He discusses the formation of the basaltic plateaux which are cut by the Grand Canyon in the light of some articles written by Geikie. He concludes that there are 2 models of volcanic eruption: The Mediterranean Type where many small eruptions concentrated in a small area produce cinder cones and the Rocky Mountain Type where few very...
Dates: 20 January 1881
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton enclosing copies of topographical drawings of the Grand Canyon by William Henry Holmes. He pontificates over what text he will eventually send to accompany the drawings and asserts that the Grand Canyon was formed during the Pliocene and the Quaternary geological periods rather than by erosion during the Tertiary period. He promises to forward copies of Holmes' drawings of the Kaibab region shortly. He reports that John W Powell...
Dates: 16 March 1881
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton telling Geikie that he has declined the invitation from the journal Nature to review Geikie's forthcoming publications, as he will shortly be leaving for the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) to do field work in preparation for a systematic study of the volcanic fields of California and Oregon. He recommends his colleague Grove Karl Gilbert for the task and asks Geikie if he will review his new monograph...
Dates: 03 May 1882
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton apologising that he has only been able to send final proofs of his atlas sheets for Tertiary History of the Grand Canyon District, ( 1882) at the current time. He apologises for being unable to review Geikie's forthcoing books due to his forthcoming field work in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) and pontificates that Grove Karl Gilbert will do a better job in the long run. He reports that Gilbert and his...
Dates: 22 May 1882
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton discussing his field trip to the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii). He reports on the large scale of the ultra basic basalt lava flows of the Mauna Loa eruption and the lack of cinder cones. He reports on the ferruginous nature of the lavas and their high olivine content along with observed layers of hematite and magnetite. He describes the volcano's impressive topography and its inability to support running water. He asks...
Dates: 23 January 1883
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton discussing the fossiliferous Upper Cambrian metamorphosed sandstone shales found at Lake Superior and the Grand Canyon. At Lake Superior these beds overlie 1400 feet of unfossiliferous sandstone and shale, interspersed with layers of copper bearing metamorphosed volcanic ash. These are the same as the Huronian metamorphic beds at Lake Huron which are possibly of the Lower Cambrian age due to an unconformity (as identified by Alfred...
Dates: 05 May 1883
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton telling Geikie that the United States government is considering amalgamating all multifarious scientific functions into one organised Department of Science. Dutton does not agree with this proposal as he thinks it will hamper scientific enquiry. He believes that the increased bureaucracy at the United States Geological Survey will shortly lead to an inevitable decline in the quality of the science it produces. He reports on some...
Dates: 26 February 1885
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton thanking him for his comments on his memoir The Charleston Earthquake of August 31, 1886, ( 1889) telling him that he is now employed by the War Department rather then the United States Geological Survey. He expresses dismay that he is being transferred to Texas from Washington, where he can see no role for himself. He tells Geikie that he is considering writing a cowboy novel or possibly an historical...
Dates: 06 June 1891
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir John Scott Keltie from Capt Clarence Edward Dutton apologising that the advance atlas sheets for Tertiary History of the Grand Canyon District, ( 1882) have not been sent to him due to a hold up at the printer's. He reports that he will shortly leave for the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) but will leave instructions for them to be sent on. This may not be for another 2 weeks due to the scale of the print job. He tells Keltie that he hopes Sir Archibald...
Dates: 22 May 1882
Scope and Contents Map of Montana and Wyoming Territories, embracing most of the country drained by the Madison, Gallatin and Upper Yellowstone rivers. Geology by FV Hayden, assisted by AC Peale. Drawn by Henry Gannett from notes and sketches by Adolph Bruck, chief topographer of the Yellowstone Division of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories.