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Use of observational patterns in geology

Ralph D. Rogers
Use of observational patterns in geology
Geology (Boulder) (February 1989) 17 (2): 131-134


Many geologic generalizations are observational patterns that are used to organize and interpret our data base. These patterns play an important role in the logical structure of geologic reasoning. In some cases we use the patterns as empirical generalizasions, and in others we use the same patterns as rules in an explanatory framework. The interaction of these two uses allows us to develop an understanding of geologic processes. It is important to keep these uses separate because different types of problems are associated with each. I suggest that observational patterns in geology are used in the same way as law statements in other sciences.

ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 17
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Use of observational patterns in geology
Author(s): Rogers, Ralph D.
Affiliation: Univ. Okla., Sch. Geol. and Geophys., Norman, OK, United States
Pages: 131-134
Published: 198902
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 38
Accession Number: 1989-026858
Categories: MiscellaneousSolid-earth geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 1989
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