Benchmark 10D
Historical Perspectives: Extending Time
Grades 9-12, page 246

The idea that the earth might be vastly older than most people believed made little headway in science until the publication of Principles of Geology by an English scientist, Charles Lyell, early in the 19th century. The impact of Lyell's book was a result of both the wealth of observations it contained on the patterns of rock layers in mountains and the locations of various kinds of fossils, and of the careful logic he used in drawing inferences from his data.

NSES Content Standard D 
Earth and Space Science: Origin and evolution of the earth system
Grades 9-12, page 189
Interactions among the solid earth, the oceans, the atmosphere, and organisms have resulted in the ongoing evolution of the earth system. We can observe some changes such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on a human time scale, but many processes such as mountain building and plate movements take place over hundreds of millions of years.

See also Content Standard G History and Nature of Science (grades 9-12): Historical Perspectives