One great design of the Geological department of the West-Riding Society, in its migratory visitations, is, I believe, the acquisition of local information of a practical kind. Its object is, patiently to explore and accurately examine the present existing arrangements of mineral masses, and the phenomena to which they give rise, so as to collect facts, and convert the results to useful economical purposes, rather than enter upon speculations of a vague and uncertain character, as to the past operations of nature.
It will be thus, that the difficulties met with will be over-come,—that Geological problems will be solved and wisely interpreted,—that the Gordian knot will ultimately be unravelled, and this branch of natural science, by universal consent, placed in the elevated position to which it is entitled.
In accordance with this plan, I have endeavoured to restrict myself to a plain statement of what appears to be the stratification of this parish, and the relation which the springs bear to it; and in extenuation of the very imperfect manner in which my subject is treated, I must observe, that it was undertaken at the suggestion of the Honorary Secretary as being new to the Society; and with respect to the Geology of this district, I must plead the general absence of information either in any published works or private accessible source to which reference might have been made for assistance in confirmation of my own views.
The very detached manner, variable thickness, and transition into a gritstone ...
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