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Notebook No.66, July 1837- July 1837

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 3
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/66

Scope and Contents

This green leather notebook contains Lyell's notes from his trip to Norway in July 1837. Notes are primarily in pencil with ink amendments and sketches in margins. Reference to Keilhau is likely Baltazar Mathias Keilhau, the father of modern geology in Norway. A list of "shells received" on p. 66. Front cover reads "C. Norway July 1837 - Index p. 147"; the back cover is blank.

The following table of contents is Lyell's own words, copied from Lyell's own "Index", found at the beginning and end of the notebook, transcribed from digital surrogates using the platform Transkribus. When known, Lyell's abbreviations and contractions have been expanded using brackets []. When writing is unclear, and transcription is not possible, this is denoted using [...]. Quotation marks are Lyell's own notation for ditto, as is the abbreviation "d'o". The inclusion of [sic] indicates the misspelling of a word is deliberate and taken from the notebook.

Lyell's Own Index

p. 1, Gneiss of Telmark, arrangement of crystals in,
p. 4, Gusus despectus, carinatus [et cetera]
p. 11, Balanus supports, adhering at Killebae
p. 12,14, Christiania, contact of gneiss + transition near,
p. 16, [Christiania] Newer [Pliocene] clay
p. 18,22, [Christiania] Euritic porphyry
p. 24, Opslo, gneiss platform
p. 146, [Opslo], gneiss shells
p. 28, Egeberg, view from
p. 32, [Egeberg] section
p. 30, Voxen, transition slate, greenstone dike [et cetera]
p. 32, Keilhau, on Egeburg [sic] sect[ion]
p. 54, [Kehilhau] on blocks divided by frost, [et cetera] at foot of Norwegian precipices
p. 59, [Keilhau] on Granite of Christiania
p. 61, [Keilhau] on schist altered by Euritic porphyry
p. 74,75,133,135, [Kehilhau] Queries for,
p. 97,106,108, [Kehilhau] on Dikes
p. 32, Uddevalla formation
p. 62 to 72,80,143, [Uddevalla] Newer Plio[cene] + Recent shells from Bergen [et cetera]
p. 32, Gneiss, height of in Norway
p. 34,36,53,76,108,130,131, Erratic blocks,
p. 62 to 72,80,143, Bergen [et cetera] shells
p. 34, Inclination of the strata generally N[orth] N[orth] W[est]
p. 38,44, Grorud section
p. 39,61, Von Buch on passage of transition schist into gneiss
p. 42, Drammen, junct[ion] of granite + gneiss
p. 46, Markerud junction
p. 50, Toje junct[ion] of gran[ite] + schist
p. 52, [Toje] angular blocks at, which would form erratics p. 54, Kongsberg silver mines
p. 54, Norway, taxes, emigrat[ion] [et cetera]
p. 56, Granite, theory of successive injection + lateral thrusts
p. 58, Hakkedal, granite veins in schist
p. 60, Gneiss, passage from granite into near Kirkethy
p. 72, Dike of Greenstone, breccia in,
p. 73, Hakkedal ground plan bet[ween] Lake Maridal [et cetera]
p. 82, Dike of Sorgenfie with blocks of gneiss
p. 84, Tyveholmen, transition slate not disturbed by invasion of porphyry
p. 84, [Tyveholmen] Rhomben, porphyry of,
p. 90, Granite + gneiss, section of junction of,
p. 92, Hovedoen, isle of
p. 94, Porphyry, platform of,
p. 96, Nosodden, syenite dike,
p. 98, Gaasven island dikes,
p. 104, Trilobites, number of,
p. 106, Agger, sect[ion] on banks of,
p. 300, Ladegaard an island
p. 108, years ago - -
p. 110, Drammen clay deposit
p. 112, Holm farm, section
p. 112, [Holm farm], grooved inland cliff,
p. 112, Holmstrand, no tides at
p. 112, Christiania Fiord, no tides in,
p. 114, Sotfield, junct[ion] of limest[one] + shale with granite
p. 116, Ersoig Bay, ground plan of junction of hornblend + gneiss
p. 119, [Ersoig Bay] gneiss distinctly alternating at,
p. 117,119, Tronstad Strand
p. 121, Tofteholm, isle of,
p. 122, Longoe, dike cutting thro' orthoceratile limest[one]
p. 125, Smorsteen, junction of sandst[one] + porphyry
p. 126, Egnaes section
p. 128, Newer Plio[cene] clay with casto of shells near Tonsberg
p. 130, Sorby to Storaas, purple porphyry
p. 130, [Sorby] boulders numerous
p. 131,132, [Sorby] Syenite -
p. 141, West Indian fossils, from Dr. Beck
p. 141, Iceland fossils of,


  • Creation: July 1837- July 1837


Language of Materials



149 folios

74 Leaves

1 volume

Archivist's Note

Transcribed by Michael Lord, Volunteer; catalogued by Elise Ramsay, Project Archivist, April 2021

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