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Short-term Changes Affecting Atmosphere, Oceans, and Sediments During the Phanerozoic

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  • W. H. Berger
  • H. Füchtbauer
  • H. D. Holland
  • W. T. Holser
  • W. J. Jenkins
  • H. G. Kulke
  • A. C. Lasaga
  • M. Sarnthein
  • A. Seilacher
  • I. Valeton
  • O. H. Walliser
  • G. Wefer
Part of the Dahlem Workshop Reports Physical, Chemical, and Earth Sciences Research Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 5)

Abstract

The view of Earth history which emphasized gradualism and a narrow form of uniformitarianism has lost appeal. This view was encouraged by Charles Lyell and Charles Darwin over a century ago, in an effort to combat a catastrophism that derived its strength from mythology rather than from observation. Lyellian uniformitarianism has served its purpose well and for a long time (some think too long). It is now being superceded by concepts emphasizing rapid change in historical development. While this approach is less timid, less dogmatic, and perhaps more realistic than strict gradualism, it is not exactly new. There have always been those who were impressed by the evidence for sudden change in the geologic record (see (83)). However, their views were not generally in the mainstream of geologic thought.

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Black Shale Mass Extinction Benthic Foraminifera Geologic Record Group Report 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. H. Berger
  • H. Füchtbauer
  • H. D. Holland
  • W. T. Holser
  • W. J. Jenkins
  • H. G. Kulke
  • A. C. Lasaga
  • M. Sarnthein
  • A. Seilacher
  • I. Valeton
  • O. H. Walliser
  • G. Wefer

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