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Dynamic Earth: Plates, Plumes and Mantle Convection

By: Geoffrey F Davies

458 pages, 142 figs, 10 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 1999 | #97540 | ISBN: 0521599334
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Hardback | Nov 1999 | #97539 | ISBN: 0521590671
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Presents the principles of convection in the Earth's mantle in an accessible style, summarising key observations and introducing the relevant physics, starting from basic principles.
`Seismic imaging allows geophysicists to trace flow cells in the mantle...Until now, finding out about this workmeant wading through journals and hefty research papers. Geoffrey Davies has changed all that with his superb book.' Rob Butler, New Scientist
`the book is an elegant and readable exposition with a clear message of how the plates and mantle probably work. The entrance of mantle-convection theory into mainstream Earth-science education is a cause which this book champions admirably.' David Bercovici, Nature

'Seismic imaging allows geophysicists to trace flow cells in the mantle ... Until now, finding out about this work meant wading through journals and hefty research papers. Geoffrey Davies has changed all that with his superb book ...' Rob Butler, New Scientist ' ... an elegant and readable exposition with a clear message of how the plates and mantle probably work. The entrance of mantle-convection theory into mainstream Earth-science education is an important cause which this book champions admirably.' Nature ' ... a fascinating source ... information for casual readers together with deeper references for the geology student and specialist.' Spaceflight 'The work is readable, interesting and fun, providing good food and exposing much. As a general rattle of plates and a dance of plumes, the book has much to be enjoyed.' Euan Nisbet, University of London '... an excellent, modestly priced, and generally accessible book.' Norman H. Sleep, Physics Today 'This is an excellent text, treating us to a very accessible exposition of a complex, but essential aspect of our subject.' Diana M. Smith, Open University Geological Society Journal


Contents

Part I. Origins: 1. Introduction; 2. Emergence; 3. Mobility; Part II. Foundations: 4. Surface; 5. Interior; 6. Flow; 7. Heat; Part III. Essence: 8. Convection; 9. Plates; 10. The plate mode; 11. The plume mode; 12. Synthesis; IV. Implications: 13. Chemistry; 14. Evolution; Appendices; Index.

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