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cataclysm

1. a disastrous flood; deluge
2. Geology another name for catastrophe

cataclysm

a major physical and/or social upheaval that disrupts a previous ecological and/or social order to such an extent as to lead to the extinction of species and/or the elimination of a society. For example, it has been suggested that rather than merely endogenous social factors, forces such as climatic change (e.g. from volcanic eruption, meteorites) and/or epidemic diseases may have been responsible for periodic cataclysmic changes in social life. Such events as these, it has been suggested, may be behind the collapse of some South American societies and the replacement of feudal by capitalist society
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But the Italian artist's inverted pedestal was small beer compared to the cosmological cataclysms unleashed by Keith Tyson.
Rather, he suggests that paying careful attention to conditions that have preceded crises in the past can make it possible to determine whether or not new cataclysms are imminent and, as a result, allow time for appropriate reactions.
Greider talks of cataclysms ahead (there are a lot of "abysses" in this book), and he offers some suggestions on how to avoid them.
Now it is more important to focus on defining deep defects of the system that brought about such powerful global cataclysms and primarily on the search for ways to eradicate them," Nazarbaev said in an article written for Interfax subscribers and readers of the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper.
This linkage allows Shaw to weave the idea of sudden cataclysms into geology's reigning doctrine of uniformitarianism, which holds that regular, repeated processes have slowly shaped the planet's crust in the same fashion they do today.
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Such massive cataclysms must have created truly gargantuan waves.
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But following this first event, the system is temporarily "immune' to random cataclysms.