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The restructuring of analogical reasoning in planetary science /

Despite its ubiquity in planetary science, analogue-based reasoning largely has remained unbounded by guidelines of use. Establishing analogical guidelines and putting them to the test is the main aim of the thesis. Towards this end, I discuss the philosophical foundations of analogical reasoning in planetary geomorphology and posit rules of use that facilitate the evaluation of analogical hypotheses. Subsequently, I present four hypotheses concerning aeolian, fluvial and periglacial processes on Mars. Each of these hypotheses is evaluated in terms of the analogical rules presented. The fourth hypothesis is original to this thesis and suggests that a periglacial landscape comprising pingos and small-scale polygonal ground exists in an impact crater located in northwest Utopia Planitia.
Date January 2004
CreatorsSoare, Richard J.
PublisherMcGill University
Source SetsLibrary and Archives Canada ETDs Repository / Centre d'archives des thèses électroniques de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation
CoverageMaster of Science (Department of Geography.)
RightsAll items in eScholarship@McGill are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
Relationalephsysno: 002210412, proquestno: AAIMR12543, Theses scanned by UMI/ProQuest.

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