neptunism


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Related to neptunism: Neptunian theory, Plutonism

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 simple fact that he was dependent for his living on the practical applications of geology--on drainage and surveying and the holding back of the sea--meant that he was wholly unsuitable to mingle with men who liked to debate in contented languor over the competing virtues of Neptunism and Plutonism.
Topics include: Plutonism versus Neptunism, the sanukitoid series, the geochemistry of Archaean plagioclase-rich granites as a marker of source enrichment and depth of melting, chemical structure in granitic magmas, and more.
The Earth in transformation: Neptunism and Plutonism