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Mantle convection is the fundamental agent driving many of the geological features observed at the Earth's surface, including plate tectonics and plume volcanism. Yet many Earth scientists have an incomplete understanding of the process. This book describes the physics and fluid dynamics of mantle convection, explaining what it is, how it works, and how to quantify it in simple terms. It assumes no specialist background: mechanisms are explained simply and the required basic physics is fully reviewed and explained with minimal mathematics. The distinctive forms that convection takes in the Earth's mantle are described within the context of tectonic plates and mantle plumes, and implications are explored for geochemistry and tectonic evolution. Common misconceptions and controversies are addressed – providing a straightforward but rigorous explanation of this key process for students and researchers across a variety of geoscience disciplines.Read more
- Uses minimal maths and explains physics in simple terms, making the subject accessible to Earth scientists with diverse background training
- Mechanisms are clearly explained, allowing readers to gain an intuitive understanding of how mantle convection relates to plate tectonics, and why mantle plumes develop
- Written by a prominent author with a cutting-edge view of this fundamental aspect of the Earth's geological processes
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"A good introduction to the topic of convection in the Earth for those unfamiliar with the observations and theory is presented, and it could serve as a seminar text for beginning geology graduate students."
Patrick Tayler, The Leading Edge, May 2012See more reviews
"… this is a highly recommendable textbook for non-specialists, and also is a good complement to earlier standard and more mathematics-oriented textbooks for students of geodynamics."
Masaki Ogawa, American Mineralogist
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- Date Published: March 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521198004
- length: 240 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 179 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.62kg
- contains: 101 b/w illus. 5 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
3. Why moving plates?
4. Solid, yielding mantle
6. The plate mode of convection
7. The plume mode of convection
9. Evolution and tectonics
10. Mantle chemical evolution
11. Assimilating mantle convection into geology
Appendix A. Exponential growth and decay
Appendix B. Thermal evolution details
Appendix C. Chemical evolution details
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