The New Catastrophism: The Importance of the Rare Event in Geological History

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 19, 1995 - Science - 231 pages
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Rare and violent events through geological time are the theme of this readable and thought-provoking view of the Earth's history. The evidence for episodes and rare "catastrophic" happenings have been gleaned from the geological record in the author's travels all over the world. Such events are shown to dominate over the gradual and continuous processes that we see in the record of the history of the Earth. From hurricanes to episodic evolution, from colliding continents to asteroid impacts--the importance of these events are presented with many illustrations, both pictorial and anecdotal.
 

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Contents

A much misunderstood man
1
Magnolias and marigolds hippos and hiatuses
7
Modern terrestrial deposits
19
Ancient terrestrial deposits
41
Modern shorelines
65
Ancient shorelines
79
Ancient platform deposits
93
Offshore deposits ancient and modern
103
Sudden storms are short
115
Evolution by accident
129
Periodic plutonism
153
Its the only present weve got
165
Jupiter or Pluto?
175
References
199
Index
217
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