geognosy


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geognosy

(dʒɪˈɒɡnəsɪ)
n
(Geological Science) the study of the origin and distribution of minerals and rocks in the earth's crust: superseded generally by the term geology
[C18: from French géognosie, from geo- + Greek gnōsis a seeking to know, knowledge]
geognostic, geognostical adj

geognosy

a branch of geology that studies the constituent parts of the earth, its atmosphere and water, its crust, and its interior condition. — geognosist, geognost, n.geognostic, adj.
See also: Geology
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In contrast to William Smith, an English surveyor who successfully employed fossil remains as markers of particular rock strata, Cuvier was not content simply to engage in what Rudwick (following Earth specialists of that time) calls geognosy, that is, that side of geology concerned with description of the structure and relationships of rock masses.
Topics of the 16 papers include patterns of geognosy and gnosis, linearity and surface in linguistics and information theory, virtual artist collaboration on digital stained glass, and the spatial development of the visual narrative from prehistoric cave paintings to computer games.
In this system the arrangement of simple minerals is almost strictly chemical; but the arrangement and description of the rocks and lavas is founded on certain fanciful ideas respecting their formation, and is extremely ill executed; but an examination of this part of the system of Hauy belongs properly to geognosy.