09 SEP 2011 by ideonexus

 Earth Processes Take Place Gradually and Over Long Period...

But the whole vital process of the earth takes place so gradually and in periods of time which are so immense compared with the length of our life, that these changes are not observed, and before their course can be recorded from beginning to end whole nations perish and are destroyed.
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From Aristotle's "Meteorology". Most processes of the Earth take place over time periods longer than human lifetimes and even eras of human existence.