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Author Topic:   Why is uniformitarianim still taught?
Minnemooseus
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Message 5 of 89 (87498)
02-19-2004 1:13 PM
Reply to: Message 2 by Tamara
02-19-2004 12:36 PM


Re: a theory? sheesh!
quote:
"Is a theory that rejects the idea that catastrophic forces were responsible for the current conditions on the Earth. The theory suggested instead, that continuing uniformity of existing processes were responsible for the present and past conditions of this planet."

I would prefer that uniformitarianism be referred to as a "fundamental principle".

At the time of the birth of the uniformitarianism concept, the viewpoints were strongly polarized between catastrophism and "strict" uniformitarianism. Since then, the concept has become less strict, incorporating the recognition that unusual and extreme events do sometimes happen.

Moose


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Minnemooseus
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Message 60 of 89 (87847)
02-20-2004 11:51 PM


Topic elsewhere
I fired my major shots at the long dormant Uniformitarianism.

Cheers,
Moose


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