Unformatted text preview: Stratigraphy (study of rock layers and stratification) Geochronology BASIC CONCEPTS IN THE HISTORY OF GEOLOGY 1. Catastrophism- proposed by Baron Georges Cuvier- advocates the idea that sudden, worldwide catastrophes are the agents of change that alter the physical features of the Earth over time and that the latter remains unchanged in between these periods of upheavals- widely accepted by theologians in the early 1800s due to similarity with Biblical events such as the Noachian Flood 2. Uniformitarianism- proposed by James Hutton (The Father of Modern Geology)- often condensed to, “The present is the key to the past .”- advocates the idea that the Earth is continuously modified by geologic processes that have always operated throughout time (albeit at different rates), and that by studying them we can understand how the Earth has evolved through time...
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