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Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction By Peter Molnar (Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado)

Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction
by Peter Molnar (Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado)

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Plate tectonics caused a revolution in our understanding of the Earth. It has aided our understanding of why earthquakes and volcanoes are found in distinct locations, how oceans form and disappear, and how mountain ranges were built. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Molnar explores the history and significance of plate tectonics.
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Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Molnar (Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado)

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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction Reviews


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 *

About Peter Molnar (Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado)


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

Table of Contents


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

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Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Molnar (Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado)
Peter Molnar (Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado)
Very Short Introductions
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2015-03-26
160
0198728263
9780198728269
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