Lyell’s Slow-and-Gradual Geology Is No Longer Tenable
July 7, 2017
Darwin relied heavily on Charles Lyell's uniformitarian views of geology, but Lyell is a has-been to modern geologists.
Aliens Invade Geology
June 10, 2017
Is secular geology about to take leave of its senses, believing in unicorns? Read on.
The Lone Ranger vs the Big Science Consensus
March 23, 2017
National Geographic retells the lonely battle of J Harlen Bretz against the scientific establishment, and what made them so pig-headed.
Lyell Loses in a Landslide
November 8, 2016
Politics is on the minds of Americans today. Landslides are turning geological votes away from Lyell's uniformitarianism toward catastrophism.
Elephants, Mammoths, and Terror: The Ivory Trade Crisis
August 28, 2015
Terror organizations are slaughtering elephants at alarming rates to sell the ivory in Asia and buy weapons. What to do?
Geology Fail: The Problem with Proxies
June 25, 2015
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
April 25, 2015
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.
Storm Surge Carries Huge Boulders
December 20, 2014
A typhoon carried 180-ton rocks 150 feet up a beach—the largest transport recorded in recent times.
Canyons on Earth, Mars Reinterpreted as Flood-Caused
October 4, 2014
Catastrophic floods formed canyons long thought to have been formed by slow, gradual processes.
Explaining Inland Seas Without a Flood
October 5, 2012
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
August 14, 2012
A geologist, trying to be nice to religious people, not only deals fast and loose with rock, but rolls into circular reasoning.
Rapid Undersea Geology Observed
May 14, 2012
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.
Rethinking the Geological Layers
March 5, 2004
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 […]