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The contributions of James Dwight Dana & Edward Salisbury Dana to systematic mineralogy

Dana’s System of Mineralogy

Mineralogy took tremendous leaps forward in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the science of thanks to the landmark contributions of James Dwight (1813-1895) and his son, Edward Salisbury Dana (1849-1935), both Yale geology professors. Although not the first mineralogy references or attempts at classification, the publication of these text on systematic mineralogy are remarkable.

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