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New Theory of the Earth

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ISBN-10: 0521849594

ISBN-13: 9780521849593

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Don L. Anderson

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The New Theory of the Earth is an interdisciplinary advanced textbook on the origin, composition, and evolution of the Earth's interior: geophysics, geochemistry, dynamics, convection, mineralogy, volcanism, energetics and thermal history. This is the only book on the whole landscape of deep Earth processes which ties together all the strands of the subdisciplines. It is a complete update of Anderson's Theory of the Earth (1989). It includes many new sections and dozens of new figures and tables. As with the original book, this new edition will prove to be a stimulating textbook on advanced courses in geophysics, geochemistry, and planetary science, and supplementary textbook on a wide range of other advanced Earth science courses. It will also be an essential reference and resource for all researchers in the solid Earth sciences.
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Book details

List price: $117.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/12/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Don L. Anderson is Professor (Emeritus) of Geophysics in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He received his B.S. and D.Sc. (Hon) in Geophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics and Geophysics from Caltech, and Doctors Honoris Causa from the Sorbonne, University of Paris. He was Director of the Seismological Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology from 1967-1989. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He received the Emil Wiechert Medal of the German Geophysical Society, the Arthur L. Day Gold Medal of the Geological Society of America, the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Bowie Medal of the American Geophysical Union, the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science and the National Medal of Science. He was installed in the RPI Hall of Fame in 2005. He is a Past President of the American Geophysical Union. Professor Anderson's research centers on the origin, evolution, structure and composition of Earth and other planets, and integrates seismological, solid state physics, geochemical and petrological data. He is also interested in the philosophy and logic of science.

Preface and Philosophy
Abbreviations and acronyms
Planetary perspective
Origin and early history
Comparative planetology
The building blocks of planets
Earth: the dynamic planet
The outer shells of Earth
The eclogite engine
The shape of the Earth
Convection and complexity
Radial and lateral structure
Let's take it from the top: the crust and upper mantle
A laminated lumpy mantle
The bowels of the Earth
Geotomography: heterogeneity of the mantle
Sampling the Earth
Statistics and other damned lies
Making an Earth
Magmas: windows into the mantle
The hard rock cafe
Noble gas isotopes
The other isotopes
Mineral physics
Elasticity and solid-state geophysics
Dissipation
Fabric of the mantle
Nonelastic and transport properties
Squeezing: phase changes and mantle mineralogy
Origin and evolution of the layers and blobs
The upper mantle
The nature and cause of mantle heterogeneity
Crystallization of the mantle
Energetics
Terrestrial heat flow
The thermal history of the Earth
References and notes
Appendix
Index