The Topographic Map Mystery: Geology’s Unrecognized Paradigm Problem

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“The Topographic Map Mystery: Geology’s Unrecognized Paradigm Problem” is a new book published in January of 2023 that discusses why the geology research community’s Cenozoic geology and glacial history paradigm cannot explain most topographic map drainage system and erosional landform evidence (such as the topographic map evidence described on the website) and describing a new and fundamentally different Cenozoic geology and glacial history paradigm which is able to explain the topographic map drainage system and erosional landform evidence. The book is now available in e-book, softcover, and hardcover editions at major on-line booksellers (or you may request a pdf of the book by sending an e-mail message to the book author at eric2clausen@gmail.com in which you briefly describe your interest in exploring this website and in obtaining the book). A brief excerpt from the book’s introduction follows:

Understanding United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic map drainage system and erosional landform evidence is critical if North America’s glacial history (and middle and late Cenozoic geologic history) is to be understood, but the geological research community for decades has ignored that topographic map evidence and today has no clue as to what story the topographic map drainage system and erosional landform evidence is patiently waiting to tell. To modify a famous quote there are some things geology research community members know, there are some things geology research community members know they do not know, and there are some things geology research community members do not know that the geology research community does not know, and among those latter things is geology research community members do not know that the geology research community does not know what the well-mapped USGS topographic map drainage system and erosional landform evidence has to say.

The topographic map mystery is: does detailed topographic map drainage system and erosional landform evidence tell the Cenozoic geology and glacial history the geology research community describes or does that topographic map evidence tell a different Cenozoic geology and glacial history which someday will force the geology research community to rewrite many of its now commonly accepted Cenozoic geology and glacial history interpretations? This book illustrates examples of topographic map drainage system and erosional landform evidence the geology research community’s accepted Cenozoic geology and glacial history paradigm cannot satisfactorily explain and briefly describes a new and fundamentally different Cenozoic geology and glacial history paradigm which does explain that topographic map evidence. 

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