The New Catastrophism: The Importance of the Rare Event in Geological History by Derek AgerThe New Catastrophism: The Importance of the Rare Event in Geological History by Derek Ager

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

byDerek Ager

Paperback | March 31, 1995

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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.
Title:The New Catastrophism: The Importance of the Rare Event in Geological HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9.96 × 6.97 × 0.51 inPublished:March 31, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521483581

ISBN - 13:9780521483582

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. A much misunderstood man; 2. Magnolias and marigolds: hippos and hiatuses; 3. Modern terrestrial deposits; 4. Ancient terrestrial deposits; 5. Modern shorelines; 6. Ancient shorelines; 7. Ancient platform deposits; 8. Off-shore deposits, ancient and modern; 9. Sudden storms are short; 10. Evolution by accident; 11. Periodic plutonism; 12. It's the only present we've got!; 13. Jupiter or Pluto?

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"It is a pleasure to read and review a book that is both well written and scientifically informative. Such is the case with this book...." Charles Officer, American Scientist