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Author: Michael R. Rampino
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231544871
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In 1980, the science world was stunned when a maverick team of researchers proposed that a massive meteor strike had wiped the dinosaurs and other fauna from the Earth 66 million years ago. Scientists found evidence for this theory in a “crater of doom” on the Yucatán Peninsula, showing that our planet had once been a target in a galactic shooting gallery. In Cataclysms, Michael R. Rampino builds on the latest findings from leading geoscientists to take “neocatastrophism” a step further, toward a richer understanding of the science behind major planetary upheavals and extinction events. Rampino recounts his conversion to the impact hypothesis, describing his visits to meteor-strike sites and his review of the existing geological record. The new geology he outlines explicitly rejects nineteenth-century “uniformitarianism,” which casts planetary change as gradual and driven by processes we can see at work today. Rampino offers a cosmic context for Earth’s geologic evolution, in which cataclysms from above in the form of comet and asteroid impacts and from below in the form of huge outpourings of lava in flood-basalt eruptions have led to severe and even catastrophic changes to the Earth’s surface. This new geology sees Earth’s position in our solar system and galaxy as the keys to understanding our planet’s geology and history of life. Rampino concludes with a controversial consideration of dark matter’s potential as a triggering mechanism, exploring its role in heating Earth’s core and spurring massive volcanism throughout geologic time.


Author: Dan Diner
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299223533
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Cataclysms is a profoundly original look at the last century. Approaching twentieth-century history from the periphery rather than the centers of decision-making, the virtual narrator sits perched on the legendary stairs of Odessa and watches as events between the Baltic and the Aegean pass in review, unfolding in space and time between 1917 and 1989, while evoking the nineteenth century as an interpretative backdrop. Influenced by continental historical, legal, and social thought, Dan Diner views the totality of world history evolving from an Eastern and Southeastern European angle. A work of great synthesis, Cataclysms chronicles twentieth century history as a “universal civil war” between a succession of conflicting dualisms such as freedom and equality, race and class, capitalism and communism, liberalism and fascism, East and West. Diner’s interpretation rotates around cataclysmic events in the transformation from multinational empires into nation states, accompanied by social revolution and “ethnic cleansing,” situating the Holocaust at the core of the century’s predicament. Unlike other Eurocentric interpretations of the last century, Diner also highlights the emerging pivotal importance of the United States and the impact of decolonization on the process of European integration.


Author: Norma Green Hickox
Publisher: Book World Incorporated
ISBN: 9781881542285
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In the mid "80's, predictions of catastrophic earth changes surfaced and the word went out that our days on Earth were numbered. Hickox, too, received such messages, but then, her visions began to change and she discovered that she was not seeing visions of the future, but of the past! "Cataclysms??"...a Must read for everyone concerned about the coming "days of darkness!"

Cataclysms On The Columbia

Author: John Eliot Allen
Publisher: Ooligan Press
ISBN: 1932010319
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"Cataclysms on the Columbia" chronicles the geological research that led to the discovery of powerful prehistoric floods that shaped the Pacific Northwest.

Quakes Eruptions And Other Geologic Cataclysms

Author: Jon Erickson
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438109695
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Praise for the previous edition: An excellent geological resource.- School Library Journal Erickson masterfully...intrigue[s] the reader with...thorough accounts of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tidal waves in all corners of the world...- Booklist A work of wide appeal.- CHOICE This revised edition of "Quakes

Cataclysms And Currencies

Author: Mr. Rodney Ramcharan
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 1451906404
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Does the choice of exchange rate regime affect the way an economy''s adjustment to real shocks? Exploiting the randomness of natural shocks, this paper assesses empirically the often contrasting answers found in the theoretical literature. The evidence supports key themes in this literature, and points to an important tradeoff between regimes. First, adverse natural shocks are associated with both higher investment and foreign direct investment (FDI) only in developing countries with fixed rate regimes. Second, over a 24-month horizon, growth rebounds earlier in flexible rate regimes. Third, in the long run, more adverse shocks are associated with higher growth and investment only in predominantly fixed regimes. Thus, while claims of faster adjustment to real shocks under flexible rate arrangements have merit, so does the idea that exchange rate variability can impede investment. And the benefits from faster adjustment may come at the cost of foregoing the long run productivity benefits embodied in the larger investment response in fixed rate regimes.

Ancient Cataclysms Which Changed Earth S Surface

Author: Karl H. Isselstein
Publisher: Health Research Books
ISBN: 9780787304652
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1965 One of the most important booklets we've ever published (Anthropology). If you have visited Petroglyph Park, Nanaimo, Canada; Painted Desert, Arizona; the Dalles, Oregon; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Spokane, Washington; Billings, Montana and var.

Cataclysms And Earth History

Author: Richard J. Huggett
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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This book explores the development of ideas about enormous floods, both gradual and catastrophic, and the role of floods in fashioning the Earth's surface. Floods of immense size are recorded in ancient myths and classical writings. Renaissance scholars believed that sea shells found on mountains were relics of Noah's Flood, and natural philosophers during the Restoration and Enlightenment proposed elaborate theories of the Earth which accounted for a universal Deluge. During the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, field evidence suggested that there had been several grand cataclysms during the course of Earth's history, the most recent of which was identified with the Noachian Cataclysm. In the nineteenth century too, a gradual inundation of continents was proposed, an idea which was taken up by proponents of marine regression and transgression cycles. During the present century the notion of marine transgression has been refined. Recently, the possibility of catastrophic flooding has again been raised. The author traces the developments of each of these theories and provides a comprehensive bibliography of the exploration of these ideas through the centuries.