catastrophism definition

  • noun:
    • Geology The doctrine that major changes in the planet earth's crust derive from catastrophes as opposed to evolutionary procedures.
    • The prediction or expectation of cataclysmic upheaval, like in political or social developments.
    • The doctrine that sudden catastrophes, instead of constant modification, cause the main top features of the planet earth's crust
    • The doctrine your geological alterations in the planet earth's crust being caused by the abrupt action of violent physical factors; -- in opposition to the doctrine of uniformism.
    • The theoretical view of geological events which has as the important foundation the concept of a succession of disasters: the contrary of uniformitarianism. See disaster, 3, and cataclysm, 2.

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