- Branch of
geology that deals with history of the earth,
including record of life on earth as well as physical changes in earth itself.
Source: Leet, L. Don. 1982.
Physical Geology, 6th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
- A major branch of geology that is concerned with the evolution of the
Earth and its life forms from its origins to the present day. The study of
historical geology therefore involves investigations into stratigraphy,
paleontology, and geochronology, as well as the consideration of
paleoenvironments, glacial periods, and plate-tectonic motions. It is
complementary to physical geology. Not to be confused with history of
geology. See also: geology
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