Possible Links Between Observables and Processes
This chapter is different in a fundamental way from the two preceding chapters on observables and processes; essentially, it cannot be written. We do not at present know how to infer a group of processes from a group of observables. The purpose of this Atlas is to improve the groundwork from which people attack this task. If the Atlas is effective, it will help in the current trend toward exchange of opinions about how different cleavages form, and perhaps at some future time, the combined knowledge and insight of many people will result in a robust system of patterns of inference; but at present we do not have such a system — it is the absence of such a system that provoked the creation of the Atlas in the first place. (By robust system of patterns of inference we mean something like the Facies Classification of metamorphic rocks. For all its defects, this constituted a framework within which people could compare notes, distinguish the commonplace from the exceptional, and assemble a pattern of dominant tendencies.
KeywordsRigid Rotation Particulate Flow Robust System Compositional Zoning Preceding Chapter
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