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Lyell’s Slow-and-Gradual Geology Is No Longer Tenable

Darwin relied heavily on Charles Lyell's uniformitarian views of geology, but Lyell is a has-been to modern geologists.

Aliens Invade Geology

Is secular geology about to take leave of its senses, believing in unicorns? Read on.

The Lone Ranger vs the Big Science Consensus

National Geographic retells the lonely battle of J Harlen Bretz against the scientific establishment, and what made them so pig-headed.

Geology Fail: The Problem with Proxies

Using an observable data set as a stand-in for a theoretical model can be misleading, as several new geology papers illustrate.

Geologists Have Underestimated Catastrophes

One Colorado storm in 2013 caused hundreds or thousands of years' worth of mountain erosion. This is causing a rethink on the power of catastrophic events.

A Niagara-Class Waterfall in Days

Europe's biggest waterfall likely formed catastrophically instead of gradually, a new analysis reveals.

Storm Surge Carries Huge Boulders

A typhoon carried 180-ton rocks 150 feet up a beach—the largest transport recorded in recent times.

Darwin: Imagine a World Without Him

A new book tries to imagine how different the world would be, had Darwin as an individual not lived to promote his particular views on evolution.

Explaining Inland Seas Without a Flood

The Great Salt Lake and other large extinct inland seas in the desert remain a challenge to explain by conventional geology.

Rocks Don't Lie, But Liars Rock

A geologist, trying to be nice to religious people, not only deals fast and loose with rock, but rolls into circular reasoning.

Written in Ink: No Evolution

An ink sac from a fossilized Jurassic cephalopod said to be 160 million years old looks identical to those from living cuttlefish.

Rapid Undersea Geology Observed

An undersea volcano near the Cook Islands was observed to grow and shrink rapidly in a fortnight, rivaling the rapid changes in Vesuvius and Mt. St. Helens.

History Highlight: The Two Wilberforces

Those seeing the new movie Amazing Grace (opened Feb 2, 2007) about England’s long political battle to end slavery may not realize the family connection of the film’s hero with the controversy over Darwinism. William Wilberforce, the champion of abolition who brought an end to the slave trade as depicted in the film, had a […]

Rethinking the Geological Layers

One of the most formative ideas in Darwin’s intellectual journey was the concept of gradualism, the principle of “small agencies and their cumulative effects.”  This idea became a dominant motif in his philosophy of life.  Describing how the assumption of gradualism permeated his last book (on earthworms) shortly before his death, Janet Browne, in her […]
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