state the conclusions you have drawn from your work,
compare your conclusions with the opinions of other people (Are your
conclusions the same or different?),
suggest what new work should be done to answer questions raised by your work and extend our knowledge further.
Good Writing Style
Short scientific articles, such as the sections in a paper or in the chapters in a thesis, have a title and a number of paragraphs. The title indicates the main topic in the article. The first sentence in each paragraph indicates what the paragraph is about . The other sentences give facts and reasoning about the topic of the paragraph.
Writing for an Audience
Who is your audience?
Researchers working in analogous field areas
elsewhere in the world (. other strike-slip faults,
other deep sea fans).
Researchers working in your field area, but with
Researchers working on the same interval of geologic
time elsewhere in the world.
All other researchers using the same technique you
have used .
If your study encompasses an active process,
researchers working on the same process in the ancient
Conversely, if your study is based on the rock
record, people studying modem analogs.
People writing a synthesis paper on important new
developments in your field.
People applying earth science to societal problems
(. earthquake hazard reduction, climate warming)
who will try to understand your paper.
Potential reviewers of your manuscript or your