SACRED SPACES: JAMES HUTTON'S SCOTTISH LOCALES
Today, these sites have become holy places for geologist around the globe. Siccar Point is considered by many to be the birth place of modern geology. Certainly, it confirmed Hutton’s theory about causation which moved geology from reliance on catastrophic events to the development of mechanical explanations that were consistent in action and degree across earth’s history. The purpose of this paper is to examine the theories that James Hutton developed and explain why these sights were of importance to the reception of the theories. The research for this paper is based largely on primary sources and observations from James Hutton’s, including but not limited to “Theory of the Earth” Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1788), Theory of the Earth Vols. I and II (1795), Observations on Granites (1790), and An Investigation of the Principles of Knowledge Vols. I, II, and III (1794). Because of Covid restrictions, actual observance of the sites is limited to secondary sources.