In 1923, J Harlen Bretz boldly advocated that the Channeled Scablands of Washington (East of Seattle) had a catastrophic origin. He was scorned by his peers for many decades. NOVA had an episode on "one of the Earth's strangest geological riddles" in their show Mystery of the Megaflood which highlights Bretz' story.
Today catastrophism is on the rise and even underlies the mainstream explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs. Since around 1980, we are now in the Renaissance of Catastrophism - hear the podcast here.
Even Wikipedia has a page on the risk of global catastrophe. According to a paper published in Nature in 1994, there's a 1-in-10K chance that a large asteroid (~2km wide) could hit the Earth within this century and wipe out a large portion of the world's population.
Derek Ager was President of the British Geological Association and wrote The New Catastrophism which provides a plethora of examples of rapid geologic action. If most rocks formed fast, could this planet be young (thousands, not billions of years old)?
The famous 1929 Grand Banks earthquake off Newfoundland caused a turbidity current where telegraph cables broke and thus recorded its speed of up to 60 mph! This formed a turbidite which are abundant in the rock record.
For powerful evidence from History and Science that the earth is young, be sure to get your copy of YES - Young Earth Science and discover the clues refuting Deep Time. D.S. Allan (science historian) and J.B. Delair (Geology museum curator, UK) have written Cataclysm!: Compelling Evidence of a Cosmic Catastrophe in 9500 B.C. They provide abundant evidence of a great global catastrophe that occurred just thousands of years ago.
"A science’s level of development is determined by the extent to which it is capable of a crisis in its basic concepts."
- Martin Heidegger
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