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Mechanics in the Earth and Environmental Sciences


By: GV Middleton and PR Wilcock

500 pages, 154 illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Sep 1994 | #32328 | ISBN: 0521446694
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Hardback | Sep 1994 | #32329 | ISBN: 0521441242
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The study of the Earth and the environment requires an understanding of the physical processes within and at the surface of the Earth. This book allows the student to develop a broad working knowledge of mechanics and its application to the earth and environmental sciences - providing the background necessary to study the professional literature. The mathematical background required is a first-year course in calculus - more advanced topics are introduced in the context of their applications. The book aims to develop an understanding of the physics for each topic in mechanics, to provide insight into a wide range of natural phenomena. The breadth of application, and the many worked examples and problems will lead both students and professionals to a better understanding of the physical systems at work in the Earth's crust and at its surface.

"This is a very good book, and goes a long way in presenting a much-needed dose of mechanics at a level appropriate for many students in the earth sciences. This book should be in any library, and the paperback version is a good buy for personal use."
- James P. Evans, Journal of Structural Geology



1. Introduction
2. Review of elementary mechanics
3. Dimensional analysis and theory of models
4. Stress
5. Pressure, buoyancy and consolidation
6. Flow through porous media
7. Strain
8. Elasticity
9. Viscous fluids
10. Flow of natural materials
11. Turbulence
12. Thermal convection


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