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Heat provides the energy that drives almost all geological phenomena and sets the temperature at which these phenomena operate. This book explains the key physical principles of heat transport with simple physical arguments and scaling laws that allow quantitative evaluation of heat flux and cooling conditions in a variety of geological settings and systems. The thermal structure and evolution of magma reservoirs, the crust, the lithosphere and the mantle of the Earth are reviewed within the context of plate tectonics and mantle convection – illustrating how theoretical arguments can be combined with field and laboratory data to arrive at accurate interpretations of geological observations. Appendices contain data on the thermal properties of rocks, surface heat flux measurements and rates of radiogenic heat production. This book can be used for advanced courses in geophysics, geodynamics and magmatic processes, and is a reference for researchers in geoscience, environmental science, physics, engineering and fluid dynamics.Read more
- Bridges the gap between physics and geology by addressing complex geological problems from a simple physical standpoint
- Brings together key new data and measurements of physical properties and geological variables to provide a convenient and easy reference source
- Illustrates potential pitfalls when applying theoretical models to complex geological phenomena
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- Date Published: December 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521894883
- length: 476 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 180 x 28 mm
- weight: 1.1kg
- contains: 164 b/w illus. 16 colour illus. 40 tables 70 exercises
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Historical notes
2. Internal structure of the Earth
3. Basic equations
4. Heat conduction
5. Heat transport by convection
6. Thermal structure of the oceanic lithosphere
7. Thermal structure of the continental lithosphere
8. Global energy budget
9. Mantle convection
10. Thermal evolution of the Earth
11. Magmatic and volcanic systems
12. Environmental problems
13. New and old challenges
Appendix A. A primer on Fourier and Laplace transforms
Appendix B. Green's functions
Appendix C. About measurements
Appendix D. Physical properties
Appendix E. Heat production
List of symbols
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