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Mechanics in the Earth and Environmental Sciences

Mechanics in the Earth and Environmental Sciences

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  • Date Published: August 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521446693

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  • The study of the Earth and the environment requires an understanding of the physical processes within and at the surface of the Earth. This book will allow the student to develop a broad working knowledge of mechanics and its application to the earth and environmental sciences. The mathematics are introduced at a level that assumes only an understanding of first-year calculus. The concepts are then developed to allow an understanding of the basic physics for a wide range of natural processes. These are illustrated by examples from many real situations, such as the application of the theory of flow through porous media to the study of groundwater, the viscosity of fluids to the flow of lava, and the theory of stress to the study of faults. The breadth of topics will allow students and professionals to gain an insight into the workings of many aspects of the Earth's systems.

    • Assumes only a very basic knowledge of mathematics
    • Features worked problem sets and further reading lists
    • Basic concepts are applied to a wide range of real examples to show the student how to apply the concepts
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    "This unique book should bridge a gap common to courses in many earth and environmental science curricula, i.e., the inadequate application of mathematics and physics. Middleton and Wilcock provide a more quantitative modeling approach to understanding the physical processes within and at the surface of the earth....well written and illustrations are clear and adequate. An excellent resource." M.E. McCallum, Choice

    "...aims to give students a broad knowledge of mechanics and its application to the earth and environmental sciences...the range of applications described and exemplified in this book shows both students and professionals the physical systems at work in Earth's crust and at its surface." Geotimes

    "...mechanics workers will find Mechanisms in the Earth and Environmental Sciences worthwhile reading. Middleton and Wilcock have provided a readable and fascinating account of aplied mechanics as practiced by the earth and environmental scientists." S.K. Garg, Applied Mechanics Review

    "As is true for all the other aspects of this book, it is clear that a lot of work has gone into assembling the bibliography and making it useful for students....[T]he coverage is well balanced between phenomenological and theoretical sources....[A] superb example of good textbook writing. It is well designed pedagogically and a pleasure to read." John A. Scales, American Scientist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521446693
    • length: 476 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 191 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 154 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Review of elementary mechanics
    3. Dimensional analysis and theory of models
    4. Stress
    5. Pressure, buoyancy and consolidation
    6. Flow through porous media
    7. Strain
    8. Elasticity
    9. Viscous fluids
    10. Flow of natural materials
    11. Turbulence
    12. Thermal convection

  • Authors

    Gerard V. Middleton, McMaster University, Ontario

    Peter R. Wilcock, The Johns Hopkins University

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