plutonism

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plutonism

(ˈpluːtɒnɪzəm)
n
(Geological Science) geology the theory that the earth's crust was formed by volcanoes or the formation of plutons within the earth's crust

plutonism

a poisoning caused by exposure to radioactive plutonium.
See also: Poison
the theory that all rock surfaces have solidified from magmas, some at great depths below the surface of the earth. Cf. neptunism.plutonist, n.
See also: Geology
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The source of ore elements has been debated since the first confrontations between Plutonists and Neptunists about 220 years ago, and the debate continues to this day.
Water was favored as the formative element in Neptunist systems (such as Maillet's proposed system, which postulated that the level of the sea had fallen and that the face of the Earth had been shaped by part of the circulating waters), while the action of fire was favored by the later Plutonists (who started from the theory of the internal fire advanced by Descartes, and whose ideas solidified in Hutton's theory of the Earth), and this was debated until the nineteenth century.