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Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 10. Geologic Time
Keywords: "James Sadd", "James Hutton", "geologic time"

Our transcription: The first person to realize the immensity of geologic time and begin to investigate it in a systematic way was an Eighteenth Century Scotsman named James Hutton.
His observations and ideas about the origin of rocks began as a pastime that he shared with other wealthy intellectuals of Edinburough society.
But Hutton's interpretations and conclusions ignited a major controversy throughout Europe, and survive today as the foundation for modern geologic thought.

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