The Lately Tortured Earth

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Alfred de Grazia’s book on catastrophism and quantavolution

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

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • 1.Quantavolutions
  • PART I ATMOSPHERICS2.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

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