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Cryosphere and Spatial Uniformitarianism: A New Rule for Earth and Planetary Sciences

Version 1 : Received: 13 February 2019 / Approved: 14 February 2019 / Online: 14 February 2019 (10:12:21 CET)

How to cite: Dobinski, W. Cryosphere and Spatial Uniformitarianism: A New Rule for Earth and Planetary Sciences. Preprints 2019, 2019020129 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201902.0129.v1). Dobinski, W. Cryosphere and Spatial Uniformitarianism: A New Rule for Earth and Planetary Sciences. Preprints 2019, 2019020129 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201902.0129.v1).

Abstract

The lack of a uniform approach in Earth and planetary science is apparent in the current levels of inconsistency found within the research itself, the data analysis and the interpretation of results. Thus, data interpretation differ depending on whether the study refer to Earth conditions or from space. These differences are particularly pronounced for cryosphere studies, where geocentric approaches remain within ice research and its application in analogical studies. Here, the principle of spatial uniformitarianism is presented, to allow for a definitive departure from geocentrism and a proper understanding of the role of ice within both the Earth and celestial bodies. At the practical level, it may affect several geo-scientific disciplines currently inconsistent and bridging the gap among them. This rule is universal and complements the Hutton-Lyell 1795/1830 principle.

Subject Areas

cryosphere; ice; uniformitarianism; new rule

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