Past and Future Evolution of Marine Geology
Published:January 01, 1991
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K. O. Emery, David A. Ross, 1991. "Past and Future Evolution of Marine Geology", From Shoreline to Abyss: Contributions in Marine Geology in Honor of Francis Parker Shepard, Robert H. Osborne
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An attempt is made to understand some of the ways that marine geology developed during the past 50 years, essentially the working lifespan of an active but venerable scientist. This interpretation is aided by comparing marine geology with the development of land geology during a longer period, and by attempting to understand the relative roles of science and technology in the field of marine geology. Excursions from simple straight-line advance for all geology (and also for other fields) are provided by the unexpected appearances of broad generalizations, or paradigms, that commonly are developed by a few scientists and opposed by many, at least for a time. These sudden advances await the accumulation of critical masses of knowledge that, in turn, depend upon exceptional opportunities, partly in the form of adequate funding and partly by transfer of technology. These unusual circumstances make accurate prediction of future advances in mating geology (and in other scientific and technical fields) unreliable but still worthy of thought.
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From Shoreline to Abyss: Contributions in Marine Geology in Honor of Francis Parker Shepard
From Shoreline to Abyss: Contributions in Marine Geology in Honor of Francis Parker Shepard - Francis P. Shepard left a rich scientific legacy including more than 230 published papers and books primarily addressed to the study of submarine canyons and turbidity currents, continental shelves and associated sediments, coastal processes and sediments and marine physiography and tectonics. He is best remembered for his work on submarine canyons; however, his broad range of scientific interests and his remarkable ability to break new ground in each of these disciplines have served as a model for at least four generations of ?Shepard? students. This new work from these Shepard students addresses problems in marine geology from the global scale to the local outcrop scale. Relationships among tectonics, eustacy and both siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentation create a unifying theme. Special topics include coastal processes, shelf and slope evolution, and submarine canyon and fan systems.