One Long Experiment: Scale and Process in Earth History

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CONTENTS
Prefacexi
Prologue: Methodology and Proof in Historical Science1
1.Scale, Measurement, and Process: An Introduction9
     Scale and Measurement9
     Hierarchy and Scale15
     The Concept of Hierarchy19
2.The Nature of the Stratigraphic Record: Curds and Whey24
     Time, Rock, and Facies24
     The Hierarchy of the Timescale29
     Refinement of the Timescale33
     The Fractal Nature of the Geologic Record35
     The Stratigraphic Distribution of Fossils43
     Graphic Correlation49
3.Random Walks in Muck53
     A One-Dimensional Random Walk54
     Fluxes and Fick59
     Solution of the Guinasso—Schink Equation63
     Estimation of Sedimentary Parameters64
     Caveats of Diffusion-Based Mixing Models67
     Size-Selective Feeding70

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Prologue - Methodology and Proof in Historical Science 1
  • 1 - Scale, Measurement, and Process- An Introduction 9
  • 2 - The Nature of the Stratigraphic Record- Curds and Whey 24
  • 3 - Random Walks in Muck 53
  • 4 - Time and Taphonomy 72
  • 5 - Biological Processes Inferred from the Fossil Record 95
  • 6 - Cycles and Secular Trends 132
  • 7 - Energy and Evolution 163
  • 8 - Extinction 186
  • Epilogue- the Nature of Nature 212
  • References 217
  • Index 253
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