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Major Impacts and Plate Tectonics: A Model for the Phanerzoic Evolution of the Earth's Lithosphere

By: Neville Price

354 pages, Plates, illus, figs, tabs, maps


Paperback | Dec 2000 | #106076 | ISBN: 0415238994
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Evaluates the mechanisms which give rise to plate movements and presents evidence to show that current theories of plate tectonics are inadequate. Concludes that geological history comprises periods of relatively orderly, evolutionary change in Earth and life-forms punctuated by catastrophic changes induced by major impacts that reset the evolutionary clock.


1. Earth and the Solar System 2. Characteristics, Stress in and Strength of the Lithosphere 3. Assessment of Mechanisms That Cause Plate Movement 4. Hot Spots, Plumes and Lithospheric Thinning, Large Igneous Provinces and the Splitting of Continents 5. Geometries and Mechanisms of Impact Structures 6. Impact and Plate Motion, the Development of Flood and Plateau Basalts Regional Track ks, Impact Control and Future Risks

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