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Davies, Geoffrey F. (Geoffrey Frederick)
Mantle convection for geologists / Geoffrey F. Davies
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QE511.4 .D376 2011    DUE 09-15-14
Subject(s) Plate tectonics
Plumes (Fluid dynamics)
Subject Earth -- Mantle
Subject(s) Heat -- Convection
Physical Description vii, 232 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 218-229) and index
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Context -- 3. Why moving plates? -- 4. Solid, yielding mantle -- 5. Convection -- 6. The plate mode of convection -- 7. The plume mode of convection -- 8. Perspective -- 9. Evolution and tectonics -- 10. Mantle chemical evolution -- 11. Assimilating mantle convection into geology -- Appendix A. Exponential growth and decay -- Appendix B. Thermal evolution details -- Appendix C. Chemical evolution details
Summary "Mantle convection is the fundamental agent driving many of the geological features observed at the Earth's surface, including plate tectonics and plume volcanism. Yet many Earth scientists have an incomplete understanding of the process. This book describes the physics and fluid dynamics of mantle convection, explaining what it is, how it works, and how to quantify it in simple terms. It assumes no specialist background: mechanisms are explained simply and the required basic physics is fully reviewed and explained with minimal mathematics. The distinctive forms that convection takes in the Earth's mantle are described within the context of tectonic plates and mantle plumes, and implications are explored for geochemistry and tectonic evolution. Common misconceptions and controversies are addressed - providing a straightforward but rigorous explanation of this key process for students and researchers across a variety of geoscience disciplines"-- Provided by publisher

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