Catastrophist Geology

Year 1, No. 2. December 1976

A magazine dedicated to the study of discontinuities in Earth history

In this issue:

Publisher: Johan B.Kloosterman Caixa Postal 41.003 Rio deJaneiro/BRASIL Price for four biannual, (not quarterly, as announced in the first issue) issues is Cr$ 120.- in Brazil, US$ 10.- outside Brazil. If desired add US$ 3.- for airmail. Please send money-orders in favour of Catastrophist Geology through Banco Holandes Unido S/A, Caixa Postal 1242-ZC-00, Rio de Janeiro.

Editorial board:

Johan B.Kloosterman geologist Rio de Janeiro
Doeko Goosen pedologist Enschedé / Holland
Alistair F.Pitty geomorphologist Hull / Great Britain
Charles Finkl pedologist Fort Lauderdale / USA

Board of advisors:

V.Axel Firsoff astronomer Glastonbury/ Great Britain
Horace C.Dudley physicist Chicago / USA
Manoel Nunes Pereira anthropologist Rio de Janeiro


Ewoud H.Bon exploration geologist Amsterdam
David J.Thomas palaeontologiSt Oswego / USA
Ronald Middleton exploration geologist Rio de Janeiro
G-W-van Oosterhout chemi st Delft / Holland
John M.Cubitt mathematical geologist -Syracuse / USA

In forthcoming issues:

In evaluating an MS submitted for publication the following criteria are used, separately or together:

  1. does it study discontinuities in Earth history?
  2. does it clarify what catastrophist geology is about?
  3. does it focus on subjects neglected or tabooed in the mainstream geological journals?

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The articles

CATASTROPHISM AND UNIFORMITARIANISM by Alistair F.Pitty has been taken over, with the publisher's permission, from the textbook 'Geomorphology' (1971, Methuen & Co.Ltd., London). Copyright A.F. Pitty. The writer argues that "there is growing appreciation of a non-uniform if not catastrophic element in the rates of both endogenetic and exogenetic changes".

HORIZONTAL LANDSLIDES DURING THE 1960 CHILE EARTHQUAKE by Haroun Tazieff is a recapitulation of data published soon after the earthquake in several articles written in French. Those data demonstrate "the importance of earthquakes as an agency in geomorphology, sedimentology and tectonics".

MASS MOVEMENTS IN LEVEL AREAS by Doeko Goosen is adapted from "A new model for level areas", the author's inaugural address delivered on the occasion of his public acceptance of the chair of soil survey at the International Institute for Aerial Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschedé, the Netherlands, on 17 December 1974. The writer presents data showing that the features of many level areas can only be explained by large-scale mass movements in the past.

OVERNIGHT VALLEY FORMATION IN SAO NICOLAU by Johan B.Kloosterman is a news item based on newspaper clippings. A 500-meter valley was formed in less than two minutes.

THE YUTY CRATER ON MARS by V.Axel Firsoff is extended from a letter written to Viking Mission Operations at Pasadena, California. The writer argues that the impact hypothesis of planetary cratering is being used as a "dogma, and facts (are) being doctored to fit it".

THE MARTIAN DELUGE by Johan B.Kloosterman is a commentary on the Viking discoveries, on Remote Sensing and on science reporting.