One phase of the inapplicability of the unfortunate title of Pennsylvanian as sometimes used for our Iowa rocks is a theme which was presented a year ago before this Academy. Today, another strange aspect of the same topic is stressed. Now, it is not at all likely that the term Pennsylvanian in Geology as a periodic title world-wide in significance, will ever come into general, or international usage to take the place of Coal Measures, which name for more than a century enjoys this privilege. The violations of the accepted canons of scientific nomenclature are too many and too grave for that. Neither bureaucratic dictum, nor stamp of official survey, nor dogmatic statement of textbook can successfully overstep such bounds. The reluctance with which the term in question is often manifestly used indicates only too clearly the extreme infelicity of its proposal. No amount of patriotism on the part of our country can depose scientific principle.
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"Pennsylvanian as a Periodic Title for Iowa Coal Measures,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 31(1), 351-352.
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