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Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780198728269

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Author: 
Peter Molnar
Pages
160 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
114 x 174 mm
Pub date
Mar 2015
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • A succinct and authoritative account of the nature and mechanisms of plate tectonics
  • Explains how data on plate tectonics is obtained
  • Explores the evolution of the concept of contiental drift and its impact on our understanding of the world

   
The 1960s revealed a new and revolutionary idea in geological thought: that the continents drift with respect to one another. After having been dismissed for decades as absurd, the concept gradually became part of geology's basic principles. We now know that the Earth's crust and upper mantle consist of a small number of rigid plates that move, and there are significant boundaries between pairs of plates, usually known as earthquake belts. 
  
Plate tectonics now explains much of the structure and phenomena we see today: how oceans form, widen, and disappear; why earthquakes and volcanoes are found in distinct zones which follow plate boundaries; how the great mountain ranges of the world were built. The impact of plate tectonics is studied closely as these processes continue: the Himalaya continues to grow, the Atlantic is widening, and new oceans are forming. In this Very Short Introduction Peter Molnar provides a succinct and authoritative account of the nature and mechanisms of plate tectonics and its impact on our understanding of Earth.

Index: 

1: The basic idea
2: Seafloor spreading and magnetic anomalies
3: Fracture zones and transform faults
4: Subduction of oceanic lithosphere
5: Rigid plates of lithosphere
6: Tectonics of continents
7: Tectonics of continents
Further reading
Index

About the author: 

Peter Molnar is Professor of Geological Sciences in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado.

"This excellent guide to the plate tectonics revolution joins the superb Very Short Introduction series ... The book is peppered with engaging images ... illustrated with beautifully produced line drawings." - Dr Chris Pyle, Geography

"yet another informative and engaging book in the wonderful Very Short Introductions series." - Guardian Online, Grrl Scientist

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