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https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-2021-21
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-2021-21

  17 Dec 2021

17 Dec 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal HGSS.

Cycles in Earth Sciences, Quo Vadis? Essay on Cyclicity Concepts in Geological Thinking and their Historical Influence on Stratigraphic Practices

Daniel Galvão Carnier Fragoso1,2, Matheus Kuchenbecker3,4, Antônio Jorge Campos Magalhães5,6,7, Claiton Marlon Dos Santos Scherer2, Guilherme Pederneiras Raja Gabaglia1, and André Strasser8 Daniel Galvão Carnier Fragoso et al.
  • 1Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Instituto de Geociências, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 3Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri, Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia, Centro de Estudos em Geociências, Laboratório de Estudos Tectônicos, Diamantina, MG, Brazil
  • 4Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Instituto de Geociências, Centro de Pesquisa Professor Manoel Teixeira da Costa, Belo Horizonte, 31270-901, MG, Brazil
  • 5Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL), Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016, Lisboa, Portugal
  • 6Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte - Programa de Pós-Graduação em Geodinâmica e Geofísica (PPGG-LAE), Natal, RN, Brazil
  • 7China-Brazil Joint Geoscience Research Center IGGCAS, China
  • 8University of Fribourg, Department of Geosciences, Geology–Paleontology, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

Abstract. The archetype of a cycle has played an essential role in explaining observations of nature over thousands of years. At present, this perception significantly influences the worldview of modern societies, including several areas of science. In Earth sciences, the concept of cyclicity offers simple analytical solutions in the face of complex events and their respective products, both in time and space. Current stratigraphic research integrates several methods to identify repetitive patterns in the stratigraphic record and to interpret oscillatory geological processes. This essay proposes a historical review of the cyclic conceptions from the earliest phases in Earth sciences to their subsequent evolution into current stratigraphic principles and practices, contributing to identifying opportunities in integrating methodologies and developing future research mainly associated with quantitative approaches.

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For a long time, the human being has lived with the idea of cycles, as attested by many ancient traditions. This perception led our way of observing and interpreting the most diverse types of phenomena. In Earth sciences, cyclicity has crucial epistemological value. It offers simple solutions for cause and consequence analysis, in time and space. The intention here is to review how such ideas emerged in the geosciences, supporting current stratigraphic principles and practices.