Geology, Providence, Industry, Design, Wonder, Palaeontology, Climatology
Reflects on the 'paternal Providence' evinced by coal deposits, especially in Britain, 'the land of manufactures', and America, 'the new country'. Relates that the wonder is increased when it is considered that the organic remains were deposited under tropical climate conditions. Observes: 'A mystery hangs over the subject which the geologist, with all his zeal and acuteness, shall probably in vain attempt to penetrate'.
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