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Continents in motion; the new earth debate.
Sullivan, Walter.
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New York : McGraw-Hill [1974]
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xiv, 399 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Central Library QE511.5 .S93 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Science writer Sullivan (he was science editor of The New York Times for 23 years) updates his 1974 (McGraw-Hill) survey for the student or serious lay reader to incorporate developments that have reinforced or elaborated the theory presented in the original edition. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Sullivan, a world-renowned scientist-writer, excellently presents the history of the explosive growth of knowledge leading to the general acceptance of the theory of plate tectonics that was essentially ^D["completed^D]" by 1975. Since then, no major changes have necessitated a marked revision of the well-received first edition of his book (CH, Feb'75); rather, scientific advances of the last 15 years are incorporated as much as possible into this newer edition. These include brief discussions of deep seismic investigations, discovery of massive overthrusts, deep-sea metal-rich geysers, accretionary tectonics, potential of geothermal energy, and others. Illustrations are exactly to the point, very well chosen. Copious references support each of the 21 chapters and number approximately 775. Emphasis is placed on references earlier than 1975. The style of writing richly blends the excitement of discovery, human interaction, and evolution of earth scientific knowledge. This book belongs in the libraries of all intelligent general readers as well as all scientists.

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