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Numerical modelling of geodynamic processes was predominantly the domain of high-level mathematicians experienced in numerical and computational techniques. Now, for the first time, students and new researchers in the Earth Sciences can learn the basic theory and applications from a single, accessible reference text. Assuming only minimal prerequisite mathematical training (simple linear algebra and derivatives) the author provides a solid grounding in basic mathematical theory and techniques, including continuum mechanics and partial differential equations, before introducing key numerical and modelling methods. 8 well-documented, state-of–the-art visco-elasto-plastic, 2-D models are then presented, which allow robust modelling of key dynamic processes such as subduction, lithospheric extension, collision, slab break-off, intrusion emplacement, mantle convection and planetary core formation. Incorporating 47 practical exercises and 67 MATLAB examples (for which codes are available online at www.cambridge.org/gerya), this textbook provides a user-friendly introduction for graduate courses or self-study, encouraging readers to experiment with geodynamic models.Read more
- Presents an accessible introduction to numerical modelling of geodynamic processes - providing a convenient reference for graduate students and researchers
- Provides a practical, nut-and-bolts, approach - including basic theory, techniques and 8 example models
- 47 exercises and 67 MATLAB examples allow readers to experiment with the models and test their understanding
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"...a great introduction to computational geodynamics. It constitutes an excellent starting point for graduate and PhD students, but also experts of Earth sciences that are new to the field of numerical modeling." Pagegoph
22nd Mar 2018 by DEBARSHI123
This book is very very helpful for the students who are interested in geodynamic modelling...
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- Date Published: January 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521887540
- length: 358 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 180 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.86kg
- contains: 138 b/w illus. 5 tables 47 exercises
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The continuity equation
2. Density and gravity
3. Numerical solutions of partial differential equations
4. Stress and strain
5. The momentum equation
6. Viscous rheology of rocks
7. Numerical solutions of the momentum and continuity equations
8. The advection equation and marker-in-cell method
9. The heat conservation equation
10. Numerical solution of the heat conservation equation
11. 2-D thermomechanical code structure
12. Elasticity and plasticity
13. 2-D implementation of visco-elastic-plastic rheology
14. The multi-grid method
15. Programming of 3-D problems
16. Numerical benchmarks
17. Design of 2-D numerical geodynamic models
Appendix: MATLAB program examples
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