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Title:
Plate tectonics : unraveling the mysteries of the earth
Author:
Erickson, Jon, 1948-
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Edition:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, 2001.
Physical Description:
xiv, 289 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816043279

9780816045891
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Book

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Summary

This work offers a full understanding of the theory that provides a single guiding principle to the earth's geological history. Beginning with a historical overview of plate tectonic theory, it describes how plate tectonics work, how it has affected evolution and what the future holds.


Author Notes

Jon Erickson has written several books on Earth science and geology. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he attended Arkansas Polytechnic College (receiving a B.S. degree in physical science) and the University of Arkansas (earning an M.S. degree in natural science). He has worked as a geologist for major oil and mining companies and as an engineer for aerospace and electronics companies. Erickson resides in western Colorado and is currently an independent geologist


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Praise for the previous edition: ...quite comprehensive...Outstanding, clear diagrams and various charts and maps clarify the material under discussion.--School Library Journal For students, geologists, or anyone who is interested in the developments in the study of the Earth's structure, Plate Tectonics, Revised Edition fully explains the theory that provides a single guiding principle to the earth's geological history. Beginning with a historical overview of plate tectonic theory in this century, the book describes in clear, nontechnical language how plate tectonics work, how it has affected evolution and extinction, and what the future holds. New and expanded information includes: Seafloor spreading Mountain building The rock cycle Tectonics and the environment Tectonics in space Continental drift. Excerpted from Plate Tectonics: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Earth by Jon Erickson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
1 Continental Drift: Discovery of Plate Tectonics
The Birth of Geology
Matching Coastlines
Evidence for Drift
Continental Movements
Paleomagnetism
Lithospheric Plates
2 Historical Tectonics: an Overview of Earth History
Archean Tectonics
Proterozoic Tectonics
Paleozoic Tectonics
Mesozoic Tectonics
Cenozoic Tectonics
3 Convection Currents: the Driving Force
Heat Flow
The Core
The Mantle
Mantle Convection
The Rifting of Continents
Supercontinents
4 Crustal Plates: the Lithosphere in Motion
Continental Crust
Oceanic Crust
Terranes
Hot Spots
Plate Motions
Earthquakes
Fault Zones
5 Seafloor Spreading: the Midocean Ridges
The Mysterious Ocean
The Mid-Atlantic Ridge
The Spreading Seafloor
Basaltic Magma
Magnetic Stripes
Seamounts and Guyots
Abyssal Red Clay
6 Subduction Zones: the Deep-Sea Trenches
Oceanic Trenches
Seafloor Topography
Plate Subduction
Descending Plates
Island Arcs
The Ring of Fire
Volcanic Eruptions
7 Mountain Building: Crustal Uplift and Erosion
Episodes of Orogeny
Plate Collisions
Uplift and Erosion
Igneous Activity
Mineral Deposits
Geothermal Energy
8 The Rock Cycle: the Balance of Nature
The Atmosphere and Ocean
The Heat Budget
The Water Cycle
The Carbon Cycle
The Nitrogen Cycle
Carbonate Rocks
Volcanoes
9 Tectonics and Life: Making a Living Planet
The Biosphere
The Geosphere
Tectonics and Evolution
Tectonics and Extinction
Tectonics and Climate
Tectonics of the Future
10 Tectonics in Space: Exploring the Solar System
Lunar Tectonics
Mercurial Tectonics
Venusian Tectonics
Martian Tectonics
Jovian Tectonics
Saturnian Tectonics
Uranian Tectonics
Triton Tectonics
Conclusionp. 259
Glossaryp. 260
Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 279

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