Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Neptunism

Eighteenth century theory that the rocks of the earth had crystallized from a primordial sea that included all the necessary materials; crystallization was followed by erosion and sedimentation, and internal heat caused volcanoes, i.e. basalts were deposited from aqueous solutions.

Cf. vulcanism.

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