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The New Catastrophism : The Importance of the Rare Event in Geological History - Derek V. Ager

The New Catastrophism

The Importance of the Rare Event in Geological History

Paperback Published: 20th March 1995
ISBN: 9780521483582
Number Of Pages: 252

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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.

'The writing is jargon-free, which makes the book accessible to a wider public than just students and professionals.' New Scientist 'His new work shares with its predecessor the qualities of originality, readability and seminality. I thoroughly recommend it.' Nature 'The text is simply written ... and contains many anecdotes which are relevant to the argument.' Asilib Book Guide

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
A much misunderstood manp. 1
Magnolias and marigolds; hippos and hiatusesp. 7
Modern terrestrial depositsp. 19
Ancient terrestrial depositsp. 41
Modern shorelinesp. 65
Ancient shorelinesp. 79
Ancient platform depositsp. 93
Off-shore deposits, ancient and modernp. 103
Sudden storms are shortp. 115
Evolution by accidentp. 129
Periodic plutonismp. 153
It's the only present we've got!p. 165
Jupiter or Pluto?p. 175
Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780521483582
ISBN-10: 0521483581
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 20th March 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.7  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.44

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