Mount Lyell California #13153
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Sierra Nevada Range
Height: 3997 m -> 13114 feet
Prominence?: 587 m
Line Parent?: Mount Ritter (8.4 km away, at bearing 131 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Ritter (8.4 km away)
Location: 37.73933,-119.27167 37:44:22, -119:16:18 11S 299836 4179324 (28 km SW of Lee Vining). AreaCode: DL79/HC37
| This peak is #98 in Prominence List for California .Don't confuse this mountain with the Mount Lyell in the Canadian Rockies. This Mount Lyell is in the Sierra Nevada and is a high, glaciated massif. The normal route is a straightforward slog up the Lyell Glacier on the north face.|
Name Notes: Sir Charles Lyell (1797 - 1875) was best known for his geology work and popularizer of uniformitarianism. Uniformitarianism is the principle in which one assumes that the same processes that shaped the universe occurred then as they do now, unless there is good evidence otherwise. His most important work was in the field of stratigraphy. In 1828, he travelled to the south of France and to Italy, where he realised that the recent strata could be categorised according to the number and proportion of marine shells encased within. Based on this he proposed dividing the Tertiary period into three parts, which he named the Pliocene, Miocene, and Eocene.
His book "Principles of Geology" was the most influential geological work in the middle of the 19th century, and did much to put geology on a modern footing. Lyell was a close friend of Charles Darwin, and one of the first to support "The Origin of Species", although he never fully supported natural selection as the driving force behind evolution.
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10 Mount Lyell - North Face Serguei Okountsev