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The Rotation of the Earth
A Geophysical Discussion

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Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mechanics

  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521104067

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  • This book gives an account of certain observed irregularities on the rotation of the Earth, both in its rate of rotation (giving a variable length of day) and in the position of its axis. These irregularities are caused by events on and within the Earth and provide a means of studying a number of geophysical problems. Seasonal shifts in air masses and variable winds are causes of short-period fluctuations in the rotation. Climatic changes and their attendant sea levels are in part responsible for long-term fluctuations. Modern observations of the Moon and descriptions of ancient elipses both establish a secular increase in the length of day. The interpretation involves atmospheric, oceanic and bodily tides. The book provides a unified treatment of the rotation of the Earth, making this method of studying geophysical phenomena more readily accessible to geophysicists and others.

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521104067
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Preview
    Part II. Precession, nutation and wobble
    Part III. Dynamics
    Part IV. Deformation
    Part V. Love numbers and associated coefficients
    Part VI. Solutions to the approximate Liouville equation
    Part VII. Observations of latitude
    Part VIII. Observations of the length of day
    Part IX. Seasonal and other short-period variations
    Part X. Chandler wobble
    Part XI. Historical variations
    Part XII. Geological variations
    Appendix
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Walter H. Munk

    Gordon J. F. MacDonald

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