Alexander von Humboldt’s ideas on volcanism and their influence on Russian scientists

HiN - Alexander von Humboldt in the Net. International Review for Humboldt Studies

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Title Alexander von Humboldt’s ideas on volcanism and their influence on Russian scientists
 
Creator Zemtsov, Alexander
 
Subject 1829; P. Kropotkin; P. Semenov; Samarium; Vulkanismus
 
Description AbstractThe article provides historical background for Alexander von Humboldt’s expedition into Russia in 1829. It includes information on Humboldt’s works and publications in Russia over the course of his lifetime, as well as an explanation of the Russian scientific community’s response to those works. Humboldt’s ideas on the existence of an active volcano in Central Asia attracted the attention of two prominent Russian geographers, P. Semenov and P. Kropotkin, whose views on the nature of volcanism were quite different. P. Semenov personally met Humboldt in Berlin. P. Kropotkin made one of the most important geological discoveries of the 19th Century: he found the fresh volcanic cones near Lake Baikal.Soon after Humboldt’s Russian expedition, and partly as a result of it, an important mineral was found in the Ilmen mountains – samarskite, which later gave its name to the chemical element Samarium, developed in 1879. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the Russian scientist V. Vernadskiy pointed out that samarskite was the first uranium-rich mineral found in Russia.
 
Publisher HiN - Alexander von Humboldt im Netz. Internationale Zeitschrift für Humboldt-Studien
HiN - Alexander von Humboldt in the Net. International Review for Humboldt Studies
HiN – Alejandro de Humboldt en la Red. Revista internacional de estudios humboldtianos
HiN - Alexander von Humboldt sur la toile. Revue internationale d'études humboldtiennes
 
Date 2005-06-01
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

 
Identifier http://www.hin-online.de/index.php/hin/article/view/66
10.18443/66
 
Source HiN - Alexander von Humboldt im Netz. Internationale Zeitschrift für Humboldt-Studien; Bd. 6, Nr. 11 (2005): Humboldts Russland-Reise; 32-38
HiN - Alexander von Humboldt in the Net. International Review for Humboldt Studies; Bd. 6, Nr. 11 (2005): Humboldts Russland-Reise; 32-38
HiN – Alejandro de Humboldt en la Red. Revista internacional de estudios humboldtianos; Bd. 6, Nr. 11 (2005): Humboldts Russland-Reise; 32-38
HiN - Alexander von Humboldt sur la toile. Revue internationale d'études humboldtiennes; Bd. 6, Nr. 11 (2005): Humboldts Russland-Reise; 32-38
1617-5239
2568-3543
10.18443/hinvol6iss112005
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.hin-online.de/index.php/hin/article/view/66/103
http://www.hin-online.de/index.php/hin/article/view/66/104
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2005 Alexander Zemtsov
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
 

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