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EESA06 - Introduction to Planet Earth Lecture 3

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EESA06H3Introduction to Planet Earth Lecture 3Jan 232012How continents and oceans break upEarth history is the history of the oceansHow do oceans formUniformitarianismWhats happening in the present day in terms of processes is a guide to what happened in the ancient pastThe theory that all geologic phenomena may be explained as the result of existing forces having operated uniformly from the origin of the earth to the present time Actualism by FrenchCatostrophismOpposite of Uniformitarianism evidence for cataclysmic activity on earth o Exceptions to the Uniformitarianism include rare events Catostrophism such asmeteorite strike the big bang and super volcanosEx Yellow stone super volcanoFundamentals of Plate TectonicsAll the plate tectonic activity occurs around the marginsVertical tectonics o Large Igneous Provinces LIPsA huge amount of magma come up from the mantle and
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