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

By: D Ager

256 pages, 80 b/w photos, 11 line illus

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jan 1995 | #40140 | ISBN: 0521483581
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Hardback | May 1993 | #23588 | ISBN: 0521420199
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Rare and violent events through geological time are the theme of this thought-provoking view of the Earth's history. From hurricanes to episodic evolution, from colliding continents to asteroid impacts - the importance of these events is presented with many illustrations, both pictorial and anecdotal.
`The author has a great gift for popularising his subject. There must be few books that are hard to put down, but this is one' - Times Higher Education Supplement.

'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


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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