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New Theory of the Earth

New Theory of the Earth

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  • Date Published: June 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521849593

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  • 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.

    • Unified approach to all aspects of interior of the Earth and its origin, composition and evolution: this makes this advanced textbook unique
    • Only advanced textbook that ties together geophysics, geochemistry, dynamics, convection, mineralogy, volcanism, energetics and thermal history of the Earth
    • Completely updated with dozens of new figures and tables
    • Includes new sections on tomography, self organization, and new approaches to plate tectonics
    • Contains a section on statistics, philosophy and scientific logic
    • Features Googlets; unique to this book, these key words and phrases can be used to access further resources through the internet
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book will serve as a great resource since it is jam-packed with tables, graphs, and figures covering every imaginable aspect of modern geological analysis. For a complex and ambitious undertaking, it is remarkably readable. ...Highly recommended." - CHOICE

    "It is principally the task of every geoscientist to highlight such enigmas and paradoxes through questioning and criticism, but few have the overview, the facilities, the time and the willingness to do so. Don Anderson is among those rare geoscientists who have wisdom and capability of in-depth criticism, as is evident from this book ... In addition to conventional (highly relevant and up-to-date) references, the added 'googlets' will be of immense help for students and researchers to find many relevant but otherwise inaccessible web documents. The mode of presentation is enjoyable and the illustrations are reader-friendly. This book will definitely motivate new research and I strongly recommend this book for libraries of universities. Last but not the least, I must congratulate Cambridge University Press for publishing such a good book." - Rajat Mazumder, Geologos

    "Anderson does a fine job combining the latest research from diverse fields to support his major viewpoints." -Pure Applied Geophysics

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521849593
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 195 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.01kg
    • contains: 122 b/w illus. 73 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Planetary Perspective:
    1. Origin and early history
    2. Comparative planetology
    3. Building blocks of planets
    Part II. Earth: The Dynamic Planet:
    4. Outer shells of Earth
    5. Eclogite engine
    6. Shape of the Earth
    7. Convection and complexity
    Part III. Radial and Lateral Structure:
    8. Let's take it from the top
    crust and upper mantle
    9. A laminated lumpy mantle
    10. The bowels of the Earth
    11. Geotomography
    heterogeneity of the mantle
    Part IV. Sampling Earth:
    12. Statistics and other damned lies
    13. Making an Earth
    14. Magmas - windows into the mantle
    15. The hard rock cafe
    16. Noble gas isotopes
    17. The other isotopes
    Part V. Mineral Physics:
    18. Elasticity and solid state geophysics
    19. Dissipation
    20. Anisotropy
    fabric of the mantle
    21. Nonelastic and transport properties
    22. Squeezing
    phase changes and mantle mineralogy
    Part VI. Origin and Evolution of Layers and Blobs:
    23. The upper mantle
    24. The nature and cause of mantle heterogeneity
    25. Crystallization of the mantle
    Part VII. Energetics:
    26. Terrestrial heat flow
    27. Thermal history

  • Author

    Don L. Anderson, California Institute of Technology
    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.

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