TITLE

Joseph G. Medlicott and the line of the Narmada and Son valleys

AUTHOR(S)
Roday, Prakash P.; Purohit, Manish K.
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
Current Science (00113891);4/25/2010, Vol. 98 Issue 8, p1134
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this article we emphasize that the principal thesis 'that the Narmada and Son rivers flow in a straight line of disturbance from the Gulf of Cambay in the west to the Ganges valley in the east and that this line marks not only the southern boundary of the late Proterozoic Vindhyan Supergroup rocks but also the northern limit of deposition of the coal-bearing Gondwana rocks of peninsular India' was first shown by Joseph G. Medlicott, a member of the founding team of the Geological Survey of India, as early as in 1860, barely nine years after the founding of the Indian Geological Survey. Quoting profusely from the 150-year-old classic memoir 'On the geological structure of the central portion of the Nerbudda district', we urge the geological community in India that this geologist must not be deprived of the credit and recognition which he deserves. The entire memoir is an account of the Narmada-Son line, and its principal thesis is the focus only on the aspects of this geomorphic and tectonic feature, albeit with a rather rudimentary scientific knowledge base as could be expected of a mid-nineteenth century publication. It is interesting to note that Medlicott, after leaving GSI, acclaimed equal recognition in his non-geological work on the compilation of an exhaustive report on the cotton plantation in Bengal.
ACCESSION #
51380460

 

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