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Ja M. Gutak
Kuzbass State Pedagogical Academy
Russian Federation
Dmitry Aleksandrovitch Ruban
Southern Federal University
Russian Federation
Vol. 37 (2013), Articles, pages 163-179
Submitted: Jul 11, 2018 Accepted: Jul 11, 2018 Published: Dec 9, 2013
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Catastrophes were common in the geologic past, but their distinction from other events is necessary. Besides magnitude (strength), scales of events are important in a solution of this task. Several examples, which involve Late Paleozoic and Quaternary megafloods, Hadean and Phanerozoic extraterrestrial impacts, and Phanerozoic mass extinctions, ensure that scaling by spatial extent and diversity of consequences facilitates tracing the boundary between catastrophes and “ordinary” events. This boundary, however, is dynamic and its position depends on our subjective needs. Considerations of the geologic past should not mix catastrophes of different scales. The event analysis helps to avoid such a pitfall, and, therefore, it should be  preferred to neocatastrophism in modern geoscience.


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