“Energy Bursts” of the Solid Earth

3 July 2007 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

I’m researching “sedimentology” at the moment for an essay on the theme of “straits” and came across an article about the future for “sedimentary geology.”  I’m trying to find out about the geology of straits and am culling the data mine that is the internet.  I came across this expert article, which speaks of prediction as an important part of the natural sciences these days (what with drilling for oil, natural gas, and, soon enough, fresh water).  Here, the author mentions the kinds of prediction in time such geologists pursue:

Predicting oceanic and atmospheric climate constitutes the principal task in the time domain. Prediction in time also includes catastrophic changes related to ‘‘energy bursts’’ of the solid Earth, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or landslides.

I never thought of earthquakes, landslides, and eruptions as “energy bursts,” but it makes sense in terms of potential energies captured and awaiting release.

The notion of sedimentarity is interesting from a Deleuzian perspective insofar as his philosophy (developed in conjunction with Guattari) invokes “stratification vs. destratification” as a major concept, as well as the “molecular” vs. the “molar.”  Manuel DeLanda in his excellent explications of Deleuze suggests that such geologic behavior constitutes a form of “non-organic life” that is simply another manifestation of matter-energy flows; as he writes, “reality is a single matter-energy undergoing phase transitions of various kinds. . . ” (A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History 21).

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