HE EXERCISED A MAJOR INFLUENCE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN GERMAN GEOGRAPHY DEDICATING HIMSELF TO GEOMORPHOLOGY (THE STUDY OF THE EARTH’S SURFACE FEATURES) AND CLIMATOLOGY AND WAS CO-AUTHOR OF A WORK IN WHICH THE SCIENTIST IDENTIFIED THE FOUR ICE AGES OF THE PLEISTOCENE
ALBRECHT PENCK (1858-1945) SIGNED QUOTE, “Albrecht Penck, Berlin, December 7, 1930”, on a card 4.25 x 3.5, by the German geographer and geologist, who founded Pleistocene stratigraphy. He dedicated himself to geomorphology and climatology. Geomorphology is the scientific study of the origins and evolutions of topographic and bathymetric (study of underwater depth of ocean floors or lake floors) features created by physical, chemical or biological processes operating at or near the earth’s surface. He was a professor of geography at the University of Vienna and conducted research in the valleys of the Bavarian Alps that confirmed the four periods of Pleistocene glaciation. His findings were published in three volumes in collaboration with his assistant, “The Alps in the Ice Age”. His handwritten quote, in German, translated in full: “Some Germans view the USA as the land of unlimited possibilities – but the possibilities offered by entire earth’s surface seem limited.” The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.