Solid Earth An Introduction to Global Geophysics

ISBN-10: 0521893070

ISBN-13: 9780521893077

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: C. M. R. Fowler

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'The Solid Earth' offers a general introduction to the study of the physics of the planet, including the workings of both the Earth's surface & its deep interior. This new edition is completely updated in the light of current geophysical research.
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Book details

List price: $99.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 728
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.806
Language: English

Mary Fowler is a Professor and Head of the Department of Geology at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Acknowledgements to the first edition
Acknowledgements to the second edition
Introduction
References and bibliography
Tectonics on a sphere: the geometry of plate tectonics
Plate tectonics
A flat Earth
Rotation vectors and rotation poles
Present-day plate motions
Plate boundaries can change with time
Triple junctions
Absolute plate motions
Problems
References and bibliography
Past plate motions
The role of the Earth's magnetic field
Dating the oceanic plates
Reconstruction of past plate motions
Problems
References and bibliography
Seismology Measuring the interior
Waves through the Earth
Earthquake seismology
Refraction seismology
Reflection seismology
Problems
References and bibliography
Gravity
Introduction
Gravitational potential and acceleration
Gravity of the Earth
The shape of the Earth
Gravity anomalies
Observed gravity and geoid anomalies
Flexure of the lithosphere and the viscosity of the mantle
Problems
References and bibliography
Geochronology
Introduction
General theory
Rubidium-strontium
Uranium-lead
Thorium-lead
Potassium-argon
Argon-argon
Samarium-neodymium
Fission-track dating
The age of the Earth
Problems
References and bibliography
Heat
Introduction
Conductive heat flow
Calculation of simple geotherms
Worldwide heat flow: total heat loss from the Earth
Oceanic heat flow
Continental heat flow
The adiabat and melting in the mantle
Metamorphism: geotherms in the continental crust
Problems
References and bibliography
The deep interior of the Earth
The internal structure of the Earth
Convection in the mantle
The core
References and bibliography
The oceanic lithosphere: ridges, transforms, trenches and oceanic islands
Introduction
The oceanic lithosphere
The deep structure of mid-ocean ridges
The shallow structure of mid-ocean ridges
Transform faults
Subduction zones
Oceanic islands
Problems
References and bibliography
The continental lithosphere
Introduction
The growth of continents
Sedimentary basins and continental margins
Continental rift zones
The Archaean
Problems
References and bibliography
Scalars, vectors and differential operators
Theory of elasticity and elastic waves
Geometry of ray paths and inversion of earthquake body-wave time-distance curves
The least-squares method
The error function
Units and symbols
Numerical data
The IASP91 Earth model
The Preliminary Reference Earth Model, isotropic version - PREM
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