noun[mass noun] Geology
The theory that changes in the earth’s crust during geological history have resulted from the action of continuous and uniform processes. Often contrasted with catastrophism.
- They teach that the rejection of God's Word did not begin with Darwin's theory of biological evolution or even with Hutton and Lyell's geological uniformitarianism.
- With this concept, he suggests, those great protagonists of uniformitarianism, Hutton and Lyell, would have agreed.
- However, in recent decades geologists have been saying that the gradualistic uniformitarianism of Charles Lyell does not match the evidence.
uniformitarian adjective& noun
- Example sentences
- The very possibility of volcanists in debate with neptunists, and catastrophists with uniformitarians, depends on the adoption of time-frames very different from those derived from the human life-span.
- This is clear from the ‘father of uniformitarian geology’, James Hutton - see his assertion.
- Much fieldwork remains to be done on Earth's ancient glacial climates using well-tried uniformitarian principles embodied in sedimentary basin analysis.
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