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Ignacio Domeyko (*1802- †1889)

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W. Griem, 2016, 2017
Jeologia de Domeyko

 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.


Materials from Ignacio Domeyko
Domeyko in Chañarcillo

Volcanoe of Domeyko

History of Atacama
Places of interest


History of Atacama
People of Atacama
Atacama Books Collection

Travellers and scientists
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

Cronología Región de Atacama
Cronología Copiapó
Cronología escuela de Minas
Terremotos en Atacama
Cronología climática de Atacama
Cronología chañarcillo
Cronología Tres Puntas

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Mining history of Atacama
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Cartas históricas de Atacama
Camino del Inca - Qhapaq Ñan
Smelter Inka
Pukará Punta Brava
Illustrations of Chile

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List of Visitors
R.A. Philippi, Atacama
Paul Treutler
Charles Darwin
Ignacio Domeyko
Hugo Kunz
Kunz about Copiapó
Hugo Kunz en Chañarcillo
J.M. Gilliss in Atacama

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Historia de las geociencias
Mining in historical drawings
Pictures of fossils

Historia de la geología

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KW geolog, soluciones en geología y minería - Atacama

● 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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