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Eliot Blackwelder
(4 Jun 1880 - 14 Jan 1969)

American geologist who contributed much to the field of geomorphology, especially on the origin and evolution of desert landscapes and mountain glaciation studies of the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada and in China.


Science Quotes by Eliot Blackwelder (1 quote)

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Gifford Pinchot points out that in colonial and pioneer days the forest was a foe and an obstacle to the settler. It had to be cleared away... But [now] as a nation we have not yet come to have a proper respect for the forest and to regard it as an indispensable part of our resources—one which is easily destroyed but difficult to replace; one which confers great benefits while it endures, but whose disappearance is accompanied by a train of evil consequences not readily foreseen and positively irreparable.
— Eliot Blackwelder
Concluding remark, in 'A Country that has Used up its Trees', The Outlook (24 Mar 1906), 82, 700. The topic of the article is the extensive deforestation in China, its consequences, and that America must avoid such massive problems.
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