cataclysm


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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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Nevertheless so profound is our ignorance, and so high our presumption, that we marvel when we hear of the extinction of an organic being; and as we do not see the cause, we invoke cataclysms to desolate the world, or invent laws on the duration of the forms of life!
Had he been informed by an indisputable authority that the end of the world was to be finally accomplished by a catastrophic disturbance of the atmosphere, he would have assimilated the information under the simple idea of dirty weather, and no other, because he had no experience of cataclysms, and belief does not necessarily imply comprehension.
Up to this time, most Europeans took it for granted that the causative factor was water and, in particular, the action of Noah's Flood, which was considered a God-caused cataclysm far more forcible than any natural flood could have been.
When Lily winks, they understand everything, right down to the particle of a butterfly's wing lodged in her last good eye, so the situation is avoided, the potential for a cataclysm is narrowly averted, and the bumblebee lugs its little bundle of shaved nerves forward, on a mission from some sick, young godhead.
Then the land rose, and with his handicap the going got harder, but he held onto my shoulder and we slogged on to the top where we stopped, breathless: Just ahead was a terrible, almost perpendicular drop into a landscape shattered by some ancient cataclysm, a jumble of rocks with dangerous crevices hidden by snow, and twisted trees clinging every which way.
He preaches the salvation of peaceful society through individual sacrifice in Die Burger von Calais ( The Burghers of Calais, 1914), but he also envisions the possibility of an increasingly deindividualized society leading to ultimate cataclysm in his Gas trilogy.
Recently he urged the human kind to hurry up with developing strategies for colonization of other planets because there are no more than 50 years left before there is some global cataclysm.A iNews.bg
New research suggest that the absorption of all the CO2 we've been pumping into the atmosphere these past 200 years or so is causing a potential cataclysm for the world's seas - not only threatening the oceans as ecosystems but also as vital sources of food for humanity.
Scrat's eternal acorn hunt triggers a global cataclysm in same-again prehysterical cartoon with the usual suspects: mammoth Manny, sabre-tooth tiger diego and Sid the sloth.
Wolk, senior historian of the Air Force, now deceased, examines the legacy of Gen Hap Arnold in his book Cataclysm, an analysis of Arnold's role in the strategic bombing campaign that led to Japan's surrender in 1945.
Meanwhile, in the charts this week, there was just room for one more Christmas blockbuster to squeeze its way into the top 10, as World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm entered at three, shoving Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood down a spot into four.
A young boy and his dad travel across an America ravaged by a mysterious cataclysm. Brilliant movie - but don't expect to feel uplifted.