Grove Karl Gilbert Geologist

Grove karl gilbert

Grove Karl Gilbert (May 6, 1843 – May 1, 1918), known by the abbreviated name G. K. Gilbert in academic literature, was an American geologist. Gilbert was born in Rochester, New York and graduated from the University of Rochester. In 1871, he joined George M. Wheeler's geographical survey as its first geologist. He then joined the Powell Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region in 1874, becoming Powell's primary assistant, and stayed with the survey until 1879. During this time he published an important monograph, The Geology of the Henry Mountains (1877). After the creation of the U.S. Geological Survey in 1879, he was appointed to the position of Senior Geologist and worked for the USGS until his death (including a term as acting director). Gilbert published a study of the former ancient Lake Bonneville in 1890 (the lake existed during the Pleistocene), of which the Great Salt Lake is a remnant. He named that lake after the army captain Benjamin L.E. de Bonneville, who had explored this region previously. The type of river delta that Gilbert described at this location has since become known to geomorphologists as a Gilbert delta.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 6th, 1843
United States of America
Date of death
May 1st, 1918 at age of 75
Place of death


1. University of Rochester Colleges/University

The University of Rochester (U of R, UR) is a private, nonsectarian, research university in Rochester, New York, United States. The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees. The university has six schools and various interdisciplinary programs. The school is considered a "New Ivy".

Type Private university
2013. 1.66 bil. $
2010. 1.37 bil. $
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500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd., 14627 - Rochester, New York
2013. 5,837
2010. 5,601
2009. 5,432
2013. 3,471
2010. 4,510
Acceptance rate
2013. 35.32 %
2010. 36.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 44.6 K $
2010. 39.5 K $
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Begun Completed Art form Art period Subjects Supported by Medium Owners
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Written work

1.Part of the Field notes of Grove Karl Gilbert for the period 20 June 1875 to 24 November 1876

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1988. at Boulder


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