One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
noun & adjectiveGeology
- ‘Most years - according to the coherent catastrophists - the Earth's orbit crosses that of the Taurid Complex at a point where there is little debris, resulting in a pre-Christmas spectacle and little else.’
- ‘He suggests that gradualist and catastrophist theories might be reconciled through the theory of nonlinear dynamics, which allows both slow, small changes and rapid, big ones within the same system.’
- ‘No geologic catastrophist, Rousseau tried to portray nature's ‘deep time‘: the very slow changes that accompany more visible seasonal variations.’’
- ‘But they believed that much of the geological record was formed quickly and catastrophically, as the early nineteenth-century catastrophists had believed.’
- ‘He examined the site to learn about floods and mountain formation, thus drawing the event into a debate between gradualists and catastrophists.’
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