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An Introduction to Our Dynamic Planet

An Introduction to Our Dynamic Planet


Stephen Blake, Kevin Burton, Nigel Harris, Ian Parkinson, Nick Rogers, Mike Widdowson
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  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521729543
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  • This is the first undergraduate textbook to fully integrate results from geophysics, geochemistry, and petrology to describe the structure, composition, and dynamic processes that operate throughout the solid Earth. It presents an Earth system science approach to studies of the Earth's interior and develops a global view of solid Earth cycles to explain geodynamic and plate tectonic processes. This book initially explores the formation and evolution of the early Earth, then considers the operative forces for plate tectonic movements at the Earth's surface, and finally discusses global cycles within the deep Earth and their effect on the surface environment. Interactions between the geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere, and their influence at and beneath the Earth's surface are examined in detail. This textbook thus provides a concise yet extensive coverage of the solid Earth. Written for intermediate undergraduates, it includes a wealth of features to support student learning at this level.

    • Integrates the geophysics, geochemistry and petrology of the Earth to explain plate tectonics and geodynamics for the first time at the intermediate undergraduate level
    • Allows courses on the solid Earth to be taught from an Earth systems perspective for the first time
    • Includes review questions and answers, over 50 quantitative student exercises, set-aside focus boxes, chapter summaries and learning outcomes, glossary, and a supporting website with figures, further exercises, and solutions
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    'Other books on global solid Earth processes lean heavily towards geophysics or geochemistry. This new textbook is a welcome departure from that model, with chapters arranged by process or region rather than by discipline (seismology, geodynamics, petrology). It is an excellent book for undergraduate students who need to broaden their backgrounds and learn to integrate their thinking.' Scott King, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    'I welcome the Earth systems science approach adopted by the authors to deliver a book of significant quality to academia.' The Geographical Journal

    '… recommend[ed] … strongly for graduate students and geoscience teachers. Undergraduate students may use it successfully as a supplementary or advanced textbook. To read this book will also be very helpful for professionals.' Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie

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    31st Jul 2019 by Lipegmatie

    The best book in this fields for summaries..I am from geology background and too much impressed by this book

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    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521729543
    • length: 398 pages
    • copublisher: The Open University
    • dimensions: 262 x 201 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1.27kg
    • contains: 250 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to the structure and composition of the Earth
    2. The earth Earth
    3. Plate tectonics
    4. Processes at constructive plate boundaries
    5. Processes at destructive plate boundaries
    6. Processes during continental collision
    7. The deep mantle and global cycles
    8. The continental crust
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    Nick Rogers, Stephen Blake , Kevin Burton, Mike Widdowson, Ian Parkinson, Nigel Harris

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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Earth's Dynamic Interior, GEOL-2120
    • Geological Oceanography
    • Introduction to Geology 3
    • Introduction to Ocean Sciences
    • Physics and Chemistry of the Solid Earth
    • Plate Tectonics and Continental Dynamics
    • The Solid Earth
    • The Unexpected Earth
    • Whole Earth Geochemistry
  • Authors

    Nick Rogers, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Nick Rogers is a Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences at the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. His research interests are in the field of trace element and isotope geochemistry applied to igneous petrology, the composition of the mantle, and the interaction of mantle plumes with the continental lithosphere. Dr Rogers is a Council Member of The Geological Society of London and is also their Publications Secretary.

    Stephen Blake , The Open University, Milton Keynes

    Kevin Burton, The Open University, Milton Keynes

    Mike Widdowson, The Open University, Milton Keynes

    Ian Parkinson

    Nigel Harris


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