From Discrete Dichotomies to Plural Paradoxes: Re-viewing Stratigraphical Time, Temporality and Change

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    Abstract

    Stratigraphical time, temporality and change have frequently been studied and theorized through dichotomy, that is two opposed, “either/or” views. Linear versus cyclical and the principles of uniformitarianism versus catastrophism are classic examples. This paper aims to look beyond these simple tensions. It utilizes sequence stratigraphy as a lens to re-view established dichotomies and to explore the potential for a more paradoxical “both/and” interpretation. The main finding is that the two opposed linear versus cyclical views can be reconceived as one synthesized sinusoidal view; other dichotomies are re-viewed which allow for spatiotemporal explanation and prediction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)182-208
    JournalKronoScope
    Volume17
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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