from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Geology The doctrine that major changes in the earth's crust result from catastrophes rather than evolutionary processes.
- n. The prediction or expectation of cataclysmic upheaval, as in political or social developments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The doctrine that sudden catastrophes, rather than continuous change, cause the main features of the Earth's crust
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine that the geological changes in the earth's crust have been caused by the sudden action of violent physical causes; -- opposed to the doctrine of
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The theoretical view of geological events which has as its essential basis the idea of a succession of catastrophes: the opposite of uniformitarianism. See catastrophe, 3, and cataclysm, 2.
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For the idea of catastrophism had not concerned the destruction of species merely, but their introduction as well.
Under this topic we can also treat two terms from geology, namely catastrophism and uniformitarianism.
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A better example of modern superstitions that allow easier exercise of power include things like global warming catastrophism.
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The most striking fact in the development of modern geology is the renewed interest in catastrophism.
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In the three volume publication Principles of Geology (1830-1833), Lyell presented a variety of geologic evidence from England, France, Italy, and Spain to prove Hutton's ideas correct and to reject the theory of catastrophism.
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