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 Oct 7 - 13, 2010 
One (leather clad) corner of the world of rock classification

The Taxonomy of Rock

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

In most fields of study there are systems of classification. Taxonomy, originally applied to organisms, helps differentiate between, say, an oak and a maple and an elm. Similar schemes can be applied to the humanities; hierarchies can be created within language, religion, movements in art, anything. This kind of classification is necessary because it helps those engaged in the study of a specialized area to communicate about that topic.

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