neptunism

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neptunism

the now obsolete theory that all rock surfaces were formed by the agency of water. Cf. plutonism. — neptunist, n.
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the World, as we Know 't," which begins with an inspired opening line: "The neptunists and vulcanists were going at it hammer and tongs.
The source of ore elements has been debated since the first confrontations between Plutonists and Neptunists about 220 years ago, and the debate continues to this day.