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The New Catastrophism

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

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  • Date Published: March 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521483582

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About the Authors
  • 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.

    • A thought-provoking view of the Earth's history
    • Author well-known for his easy style of writing – through his earlier book The Nature of the Stratigraphic Record, Wiley 1981
    • Jargon-free and entertaining – the ideas presented in this book will stimulate the student, provoke the professional and provide an enjoyable read for all
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The writing is jargon-free, which makes the book accessible to a wider public than just students and professionals." Tony Hallam, New Scientist

    "His new work shares with its predecessor the qualities of originality, readability and seminality. I thoroughly recommend it....a feet-on-the-ground, sweat-in-the-eye encounter with an abundance of actual geological sites." Gordon L. Herries, Nature

    "...conversational, entertaining....Written for readers with an earth science background, the book could supplement an undergraduate level geology class or provide engaging reading for the scientist. Students should be inspired by the range of Ager's travels and perceptions; professionals will appreciate its thought-provoking ideas and controversies." Michael Hofferber, Earth

    "The New Catastrphism is a geology book aimed at the uninitiated reader...There must be few geology books that are hard to put down, but this is one...I will not look at a rock in the same way again." David Hughes, Times Education Supplement

    "...welcome and significant." Warren D. Allmon, Science

    "In addition to its obvious appeal to geologists, this volume can be recommended as an interesting component of any 'history of science' collection." Robert F. Jack, Sci-Tech News

    " engaging look at the roles of uniformitarianism and catastrophism in defining the earth as we know it." Peter M. Whelan, Journal of Natural Resources

    "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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521483582
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 191 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 91 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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?

  • Author

    Derek Ager, University of Wales, Swansea

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