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Earth as an Evolving Planetary System

By: Kent C Condie(Author)

418 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations

Academic Press

Paperback | Nov 2015 | Edition: 3 | #227938 | ISBN-13: 9780128036891
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Earth as an Evolving Planetary System, Third Edition, examines the various subsystems that play a role in the evolution of the Earth, including subsystems in the crust, mantle, core, atmosphere, oceans, and life. This third edition includes 30% new material and, for the first time, includes full color images in both the print and electronic versions. Topics in the great events chapters are now included in the beginning of Earth as an Evolving Planetary System, with the addition of a new feature of breakout boxes for each event.

The second half of Earth as an Evolving Planetary System now focuses on a better understanding of Earth's history by looking at the interactions of the subsystems over time. The Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere, crustal and mantle evolution, the supercontinent cycle, great events in Earth history, and the Earth in comparison to other planets are also covered.

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    Chapter 1: Earth as a Planetary System
        Structure of Earth
        Plate Tectonics
        Is the Earth Unique?
        Interacting Earth Subsystems
        Great Events in Earth History
    Chapter 2: The Crust
        Seismic Crustal Structure
        Crustal Types
        Continent Size
        Heat Flow and Heat Production
        Exhumation and Cratonization
        Processes in the Continental Crust
        Crustal Composition
        Crustal Provinces and Terranes
        Crustal Province and Terrane Boundaries
        The United Plates of America
    Chapter 3: Tectonic Settings
        Ocean Ridges
        Tectonic Settings Related to Mantle Plumes
        Continental Rifts
        Cratons and Passive Margins
        Convergent Margins
        Uncertain Tectonic Settings
        Mineral and Energy Deposits
    Chapter 4: The Mantle
        Seismic Structure of the Mantle
        Mantle Tomography
        Geoid and Density Anomalies
        Temperature Distribution in the Mantle
        The Lithosphere
        The Asthenosphere
        The Transition Zone
        The Lower Mantle
        Water in the Mantle
        Plate Driving Forces
        Mantle Plumes
        Large Low S-wave Velocity Provinces
        Mantle Geochemical Components
        Convection in the Mantle
    Chapter 5: The Core
        Core Temperature
        The Inner Core
        Age of the Core
        Generation of Earth's Magnetic Field
        Origin of the Core
        What the Future Holds
    Chapter 6: Crustal and Mantle Evolution
        The Hadean
        Crustal Origin
        How Continents Grow
        Continental Growth Rates
        Global Changes at the End of the Archean
        Evolution of the Subcontinental Lithosphere
        Earth's Thermal History
    Chapter 7: The Supercontinent Cycle
        Methods of Supercontinent Reconstruction
        Assembly of Supercontinents
        Breakup of Supercontinents
        Archean Supercratons
        The Story of Three Supercontinents
        The Supercontinent Cycle
        Plate Speeds Through Time
        Supercontinent Lifetimes
        LIP Events and the Supercontinent Cycle
        Imprints of the Supercontinent Cycle on Earth History
    Chapter 8: The Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
        The Modern Atmosphere
        The Primitive Atmosphere
        The Post-Collision Atmosphere
        The Carbon Cycle
        Oxygen Makes its Entrance
        The Carbon Isotope Record
        The Sulfur Isotope Record
        Phanerozoic Atmospheric History
        The Hydrosphere
    Chapter 9: The Biosphere
        The Role of Impacts
        The RNA World
        Hydrothermal Vents
        The First Life
        Evidence of Early Life
        Anoxygenic Photosynthesis
        Oxygenic Photosynthesis
        The Tree of Life
        The First Fossils
        Possibility of Extraterrestrial Life
        Appearance of Eukaryotes
        Origin of Metazoans
        Neoproterozoic Multicellular Organisms
        Evolution of Phanerozoic Life Forms
        Biological Benchmarks
        Mass Extinctions
    Chapter 10: Comparative Planetary Evolution
        Condensation and Accretion of the Planets
        Members of the Solar System
        Volcanism in the Solar System
        Planetary Crusts
        Plate Tectonics
        Mineral Evolution
        Evolution of the Atmospheres of Earth, Venus, and Mars
        The Habitable Zone
        Comparative Planetary Evolution
        Extrasolar Planets

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Kent Condie is professor of geochemistry at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM where he has taught since 1970. Prior to that time he was at Washington University in St. Louis, MO (1964-1970). The textbook Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolution, which is widely used in upper division and graduate courses in the Earth Sciences, was first published in 1976 and has gone through four previous editions. In addition Condie has written a beginning historical geology textbook with coauthor Robert Sloan, Origin and Evolution of Earth (1998), an advanced textbook, Mantle Plumes and Their Record in Earth History (2001), and a research treatise, Archean Greenstone Belts (1981). His most recent book, written as an upper division/graduate textbook, is Earth as an Evolving Planetary System (2005; second edition 2011). He also has edited two books, Proterozoic Crustal Evolution (1992) and Archean Crustal Evolution (1994). His CD-ROM, Plate Tectonics and How the Earth Works is widely used in upper division Earth Science courses in the United States and Europe. Condie's research, primarily dealing with the origin and evolution of continents and the early history of the Earth, has over the years been sponsored chiefly by the U. S. National Science Foundation. He is author or co-author of over 750 articles published scientific journals.

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