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Ignacio Domeyko (*1802- †1889)

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Ignacy Domeyko

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Jeologia de Domeyko

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 Ignacio Domeyko

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Ignacio (Ignacy) Domeyko - the initiator of mineralogy and geology science in Chile

Ignacy or Ignacio Domeyko was born in 1802 in Belarus, Russia. He felt himself closer as a Polish or Lithuanian. He studied at Wilna. 1831 Domeyko emigrated from Poland, with stations in Dresden, Freiberg and Paris arrived in 1838 in Chile. At first he was a teacher at the College of Coquimbo / La Serena. In 1847 he entered the University of Chile, became its Rector in 1867, this function carried out until 1883.
After an extensive trip to Europe, he died in 1889 in Santiago.
Domeyko made a huge amount of excursions to the unknown and unexplored Atacama Desert, described deposits, new geological formations, new minerals.
His international contribution to mineralogy at this time was enormous. It is important to mention that Domeyko's works in Atacama originally date from 1840 to 1870 approximately, his 1909 publication was a compilation of his most important works.
At this time, geological observations in the field were slowly coupled with a great global idea, which allowed us to understand the complexity of nature in a more integral way.

Materiales de Ignacio Domeyko
  Ignacio Domeyko y Copiapó  (jeología, p.16 - 18). Text about geology,  Copiapó en 1840. An interesting text, discussing the three stages of Copiap's development.  [see here]
  Mining in Atacama in 1840
Domeyko: Geología general Copiapó
Domeyko in Chañarcillo
Domeyko: Carrizal 1840
Map of Agua Amarga
Text about Agua Amarga
Domeyko in Cerro Blanco
  Excursión Río Copiapó - Pulido:
Excellent description of the sector Nantoco - Manflas - Cachito and Come Caballos. In 1843 a text that promoted many excursions to the same sector. A text of a broad and not strictly mineralogical view, a text for the general public. (see text here)
  Mineralogical texts:
Native copper
Native gold

Espato de fluor (fluorita)
Domeyko in Chañarcillo
  Descriptions of Mine San Félix: Chañarcillo
  Geology of Veta Descubridora, Chañarcillo
  El Manto: text from Domeyko, Chañarcillo
  Geology Colorada vein: Chañarcillo
  Geology Mina Colorada: Chañarcillo
  Geology Valencia Cobriza: Chañarcillo
  Geology Mina Esperanza: Chañarcillo

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Rodulfo A. Philippi
Ignacio Domeyko
Charles Darwin
Paul Treutler
R. Tornero en Tres Puntas
Herman Burmeister
Charles Darwin, Atacama (1835)
Hugo Kunz
J.M. Gilliss in Atacama
San Román
Francisco Marcial Aracena
V. Pérez Rosales en Caldera
A. Bertrand FFCC Trasandino
Mining history of Atacama

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Cronología escuela de Minas
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● Domeyko, I. (1909): Jeología. – Tomo Quinto, edición oficial; Santiago de Chile (Imprenta Cervantes); Colección W. Griem.

● Domeyko, I. (1845): Elementos de la Mineralogía. – 382 Seiten, Imprenta del Colegio 1845

● DOMEYKO, I (1876): Ensaye sobre los Depósitos Metalíferos de Chile. 140 pág. Imprenta Nacional Santiago de Chile.

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