Daubeny, Charles G. B.; A Description of Active and Extinct Volcanos; with remarks on Their Oigin, Their Chemical Phenomena, and the Character of their Products, as Determined by the the Condition of the Earth During the Period of their Formation.... 1st edition, London, W. Phillips, 1826. Quarto, pp. xx, 466, errata, frontispiece and two maps (one folding).
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Daubeny (1795-1867); an English chemist, botanist and geologist, made significant contributions to the understanding of the volcanic regions of Europe. His above pioneering study contains his observations on volcanic activity with a tabulated study of the ancient volcanoes, and active volcanoes worldwide, as well as all recorded volcanic activity. Within this work Daubeny also first presented his chemical theory of volcanic action which stated that such action results from penetration of water to the free alkali and alkaline earth metals supposed to exist beneath the earth's crust. He concludes the study with a list of all works pertaining to volcanoes and earthquakes.