Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:
The Correspondence of Sir Archibald Geikie: American geologists sub-series consists of:
- 67 letters and postcards, alphabetically arranged (1878-1907).
Geology of Vesuvius and Etna extracted from the letters of Charles Lyell, September and October 1858
Document written by Sir Charles Lyell at Messina on the Island of Sicily describing his visit there in the autumn of 1857. The bulk of the document is spent describing the way lava flows down both steep and gentle slopes and specifically discusses the lava flow resulting from the 9 month long eruption of 1852/3. In addition he discusses the formation of the Val del Bove, 9 November 1857.
Letter to Leonard Horner from Sir Charles Lyell discusing the internal structure of lava flows. Lyell also remarks on the probable nature of the additions to the core of Mount Vesuvius that had occurred that year, with illustrations, 10 December 1857.
Letter to Sir Charles Lyell from George Scrope concerning a paper dealing with the Upheaval Theory which Lyell had submitted for publication in the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions. Scrope is pleased with the paper which contains a challenge to the theory which he describes as an "intolerable absurdity". He discusses Homboldts Cosmos which he gave little credence to and goes on to discuss lava flows in Vesuvius, Madeira and Tenerife and the formation of pumice, 29 July 1858.
Map of Mount Vesuvius, Italy, showing the crater and several other geological formations, c1857.
Note entitled 'Eviction' describing the eviction of twenty-six tenants from Greinetote, North Uist [Greinetobht/Grenitote, Uibhist a Tuath] by Officer MacLean of Oirisey [Orasaigh/Orosay, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] all of whom went to Cape Breton [Canada].
Notes entitled 'Celtic Runic Cross' which stood at the head of the tunga [tomb] of Fearchar Johnson [Farquhar Johnson] in Barra [Barraigh] and the subsequent theft of the stone. Also notes about Johnson and his family, including his flight to Barra from Mull [Muile] and his family's emigration to Cape Breton, Canada.