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In the guise of petrography and mineralogy, Chinese geology has a long-standing tradition. The relation between the economy and local mineral resources is discussed in numerous chapters of the book Guanzi (approximately 1st century BCE). The terminological instruments for the classification of geodetic deposits were systematically developed over the centuries. Ding Wenjiang (1887-1936) is generally recognized as the founding father of modern Chinese geology. He studied geology and zoology in Glasgow, returned to China in 191…

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Hahn, Thomas, “Geology”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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