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47

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Scott Ritter

Date

11 May 15

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5

Abstract

William “Strata” Smith (1769-1839) was an English geologist, credited for recognizing the stratigraphic significance of fossils and using this tool to create the first nationwide geological map. Smith was born in the Oxfordshire village of Churchill at the beginning of the industrial revolution and before much in modern geology had been formalized. Though of humble beginnings, the young Smith took the most of an opportunity to learn surveying from Edward Webb of nearby Stow-on-the-Wold. This led

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