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Mantle Convection in the Earth and Planets

Mantle Convection in the Earth and Planets
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  • Date Published: October 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521798365

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  • Mantle Convection in the Earth and Planets is a comprehensive synthesis of all aspects of mantle convection within the Earth, the terrestrial planets, the Moon, and the Galilean satellites of Jupiter. The book includes up-to-date discussions of the latest research developments that have revolutionized our understanding of the Earth and the planets. It is suitable as a text for graduate courses in geophysics and planetary physics, and as a supplementary reference for use at the undergraduate level. It is also an invaluable review for researchers in the broad fields of the Earth and planetary sciences including seismologists, tectonophysicists, geodesists, mineral physicists, volcanologists, geochemists, geologists, mineralogists, petrologists, paleomagnetists, planetary geologists, and meteoriticists. The book features a comprehensive index, an extensive reference list, numerous illustrations (many in color) and major questions that focus the discussion and suggest avenues of future research.

    • THE most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on mantle convection
    • Authors at the very top of their field
    • Topical and fast moving subject in geophysics
    • Covers mantle convection in planets as well as the Earth
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a splendid effort, set to become the standard reference for years to come.' Nick Petford, Geology

    '… fills an important gap in the literature. the book will be indispensable to most Earth and planetary scientists and graduate students.' Science

    '… a broad, readable, and reasonably comprehensive discussion of our current understanding of the internal dynamics of planets undergoing solid-state convection … The authors note in their preface that the book is primarily intended as a research monograph … The structure and style of the book make for an excellent text or primary reference for a seminar class.' Michael Manga, EOS

    ' … the best-compiled text that I have seen and may be used as a reference work for researchers in the many fields of Earth and planetary sciences. … this book can be thoroughly recommended to Earth and planetary scientists at any level.' The Open University Geological Society Journal

    ' … publication of this book makes it much easier to get into the subject and build an overview of it than it has been in the past. All who are working in this field will welcome its appearance.' Journal of Petrology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2001
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521798365
    • dimensions: 244 x 168 x 53 mm
    • weight: 1.54kg
    • contains: 346 b/w illus. 79 colour illus. 62 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Historical background
    2. Plate tectonics
    3. Structure and composition of the mantle
    4. Mantle temperatures and thermodynamic properties
    5. Viscosity of the mantle
    6. Basic equations
    7. Linear stability
    8. Approximate solutions
    9. Calculations of convection in two dimensions
    10. Numerical models of three-dimensional convection
    11. Hotspots and mantle plumes
    12. Chemical geodynamics
    13. Thermal history of the Earth
    14. Convection in the interiors of solid planets and moons
    15. Nature of convection in the mantle

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    Mantle Convection in the Earth and Planets

    Gerald Schubert, Donald L. Turcotte, Peter Olson

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    Gerald Schubert, University of California, Los Angeles

    Donald L. Turcotte, Cornell University, New York

    Peter Olson, The Johns Hopkins University
    Peter Olson is the recipient of the 2015 Inge Lehmann Medal from the American Geophysical Union.

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