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Understanding the Earth

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Ian G. Gass, Peter W. Francis, Stuart Ross Taylor, Don L. Anderson, Peter J. Wyllie, Stephen J. Sparks, Keith G. Cox, Chris J. Hawkesworth, Peter van Calsteren, Keith O'Nions, Tjeerd H. van Andel, Alan G. Smith, Michael J. Russell, Alan B. Thompson, Simon Klemperer, Carolyn Peddy, Philip England, Tony Watts, Roger G. Walker, Maurice E. Tucker, Ralf Littke, Dietrich H. Welte, Adolf Seilacher, Chris Wilson, Sierd Cloetingh, Simon Conway Morris, Peter W. Skelton, Eric J. Barron, Michael R. Rampino
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  • Date Published: November 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521427401

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  • Some of the foremost authorities in earth sciences contributed to this volume, first published in 1992, to provide a highly accessible and stimulating account of the rapid evolution of knowledge about the processes that drive and shape the Earth. Well-illustrated and extremely readable accounts cover many aspects of the earth sciences that are often confined to the more esoteric literature – from magma generation in the Earth to the formation of sedimentary basins. From contributions on the Earth's interior and its dynamic evolution to investigations of the natural and human-driven disturbances to the environment, Understanding the Earth reflects the increasingly integrated and multi-disciplinary research that has fed our understanding of the Earth's origin and its internal and surface processes, and provides an indispensable guide to students of modern earth sciences.

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    • Date Published: November 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521427401
    • length: 564 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Lists of editors and contributors
    Foreword Ian G. Gass
    Introduction to chapters 1-4
    1. Exploration of the Solar System Peter W. Francis
    2. The origin of the Earth Stuart Ross Taylor
    3. The Earth's interior Don L. Anderson
    4. Experimental petrology: Earth materials science Peter J. Wyllie
    Introduction to chapters 5-8
    5. Magma generation in the Earth Stephen J. Sparks
    6. The interpretation of magmatic evolution Keith G. Cox
    7. Geological time Chris J. Hawkesworth and Peter van Calsteren
    8. The continents Keith O'Nions
    Introduction to chapters 9-12
    9. Seafloor spreading and plate tectonics Tjeerd H. van Andel
    10. Plate tectonics and continental drift Alan G. Smith
    11. Plate tectonics and hydrothermal ore deposits Michael J. Russell
    12. Metamorphism and fluids Alan B. Thompson
    Introduction to chapters 13-15
    13. Seismic reflection profiling and the structure of the continental lithosphere Simon Klemperer and Carolyn Peddy
    14. Deformation of the continental crust Philip England
    15. The formation of sedimentary basins Tony Watts
    Introduction to chapters 16-19
    16. Classic sediments Roger G. Walker
    17. Limestones through time Maurice E. Tucker
    18. Hydrocarbon source works Ralf Littke and Dietrich H. Welte
    19. Event stratigraphy: a dynamic view of the setimentary record Adolf Seilacher
    Introduction to chapters 20 and 21
    20. Sequence stratigraphy: an introduction Chris Wilson
    21. Intraplate stress and sedimentary basin evolution Sierd Cloetingh
    Introduction to chapters 22 and 23
    22. The early evolution of life Simon Conway Morris
    23. Fossils and evolutionary theory Peter W. Skelton
    Introduction to chapters 24 and 25
    24. Palaeoclimatology Eric J. Barron
    25. Volcanic hazards Michael R. Rampino
    Glossary
    Figure acknowledgements
    Index.

  • Editors

    Geoff Brown

    Chris Hawkesworth

    Chris Wilson

    Contributors

    Ian G. Gass, Peter W. Francis, Stuart Ross Taylor, Don L. Anderson, Peter J. Wyllie, Stephen J. Sparks, Keith G. Cox, Chris J. Hawkesworth, Peter van Calsteren, Keith O'Nions, Tjeerd H. van Andel, Alan G. Smith, Michael J. Russell, Alan B. Thompson, Simon Klemperer, Carolyn Peddy, Philip England, Tony Watts, Roger G. Walker, Maurice E. Tucker, Ralf Littke, Dietrich H. Welte, Adolf Seilacher, Chris Wilson, Sierd Cloetingh, Simon Conway Morris, Peter W. Skelton, Eric J. Barron, Michael R. Rampino

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