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Letter 12901

Darwin, C. R. to Reade, T. M.

9 Dec 1880

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    Comments on TMR's "Oceanic islands" [Geol. Mag. 8 (1881): 75–7]. Fact that oceanic islands are all volcanic argues for view that no continent ever occupied the oceans. Chalk seemed best evidence of ocean having existed where continent now stands. CD leans to view that continents have occupied present positions since Cambrian.


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