The Rhythms of Nature

Nature vibrates with rhythms, climatic and diastrophic, those finding stratigraphic expression ranging in period from the rapid oscillation of surface waters, recorded in ripple-mark, to those long-deferred stirrings of the deep imprisoned titans which have divided earth history into periods and eras. The flight of time is measured by the weaving of composite rhythms- day and night, calm and storm, summer and winter, birth and death such as these are sensed in the brief life of man. But the career of the earth recedes into a remoteness against which these lesser cycles are as unavailing for the measurement of that abyss of time as would be for human history the beating of an insect's wing. We must seek out, then, the nature of those longer rhythms whose very existence was unknown until man by the light of science sought to understand the earth. The larger of these must be measured in terms of the smaller, and the smaller must be measured in terms of years.


We experience oscillations of all sorts in our lifetime, but the Universe has much larger waves hidden in geologic time.

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 Rhythm and the Measurement of Geologic Time
Periodicals>Journal Article:  Barrell, Joseph (1917), Rhythm and the Measurement of Geologic Time, Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, Retrieved on 2011-12-16
Folksonomies: geology


23 JAN 2013

 Natural History in Waves

The Many Waves and How They Interact in the Ocean > Similarity > The Rhythms of Nature
Carson and Barell observing the waves in nature.
23 JAN 2013

 History in Waves

Richard Feynman Describes the Waves Running Through Our Environment > Similarity > The Rhythms of Nature
Waves travel across the universe in radiation, describing celestial objects we cannot see, and waves put layers in rock, describing times past.
Folksonomies: history inference waves
Folksonomies: history inference waves
23 JAN 2013

 Waves in History and Light

The Rhythms of Nature > Similarity > The Universe is Made Up of Two Kinds of Waves
Waves in the strata shed light on our history as the waves that make up everything shed light on the now.
Folksonomies: history waves
Folksonomies: history waves


12 JUN 2011

 The Scientist's Unique Perspectives on Nature

Examples of scientists giving us unique explanations of natural phenomena.