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The Lately Tortured Earth: Exoterrestrial Forces and Quantavolutions in the Earth Sciences (1983) is a book by Alfred de Grazia. He writes:

"Because catastrophism is a word that excites emotion and connotes only destruction, the present work and the series to which it belongs prefers the more general idea implied in the word quantavolution. The concept allows a more peaceful invasion of the realms of gradualism, uniformitarianism, evolution, and anthropology.
"I do not mean this book to be violent and bloodcurdling. We have far too much of such stimulus today on television, in movies and in other books and magazines. I even go so far as to say that the Earth system has been settling down - this without conclusive evidence. But facts must be faced. The Earth has been severely traumatized in the memory of mankind".[1]


Table of Contents

Foreword
1.Quantavolutions
PART I ATMOSPHERICS
2.The Gaseous Complex
3.Hurricanes and Cyclones
4.Magnetism and Axial Tilts
5.Electricity
6.Cosmic and Terrestrial Lightning
7.Fire and Ash
PART II EXOTERRESTRIAL DROPS
8.Falling Dust and Stone
9.Gases, Poisons and Foods
10.Metals, Salt and Oil
11.Encounter and Collisions
PART III HYDROLOGY
12.Water
13.Deluges
14.Floods and Tides
15.Ice Fields of the Earth
PART IV CRUSTAL TURBULENCE
16.Earthquakes
17.Volcanism
18.Sinking and Rising Lands
19.Expansion and Contraction
PART V RIFTS, RAFTS AND BASINS
20.Thrusting and Orogeny
21.Ocean Basins
22.Fractures and Cleavages
23.Canyons and Channels
24.Continental Tropism and Rafting
25.Sediments
PART VI BIOSPHERICS
26.Fossil Deposits
27.Genesis and Extinction
28.Pandemonium
29.Spectres
PART VII DIMENSIONS OF QUANTAVOLUTION
30.Intensity, Scope and Suddenness
31.The Recency of the Surface
Epilogue
Two Charts of Time

References

  1. Alfred de Grazia, The Lately Tortured Earth, (1983) Metron Publications, USA

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