GeodynamicsFirst published in 1982, Don Turcotte and Jerry Schubert's Geodynamics became a classic textbook for several generations of students of geophysics and geology. The authors bring this text completely uptodate in this second edition. Important additions include a chapter on chemical geodynamics, an updated coverage of comparative planetology based on recent planetary missions, and a variety of other new topics. Geodynamics provides the fundamentals necessary for an understanding of the workings of the solid earth, describing the mechanics of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building in the context of the role of mantle convection and plate tectonics. Observations such as the earth's gravity field, surface heat flow, distribution of earthquakes, surface stresses and strains, and distribution of elements are discussed. 
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User Review  Nathan Katsiaficas  GoodreadsI mean all of these books are dry, but Geodynamics by Turcotte and Schubert is a great reference book for any geophysicist/geologist interested in modeling or mantle dynamics/geophysics. I'd also recommend The Solid Earth by Fowler. Read full review
Review: Geodynamics
User Review  GoodreadsI mean all of these books are dry, but Geodynamics by Turcotte and Schubert is a great reference book for any geophysicist/geologist interested in modeling or mantle dynamics/geophysics. I'd also recommend The Solid Earth by Fowler. Read full review
Contents
Plate Tectonics  1 
12 The Lithosphere  5 
13 Accreting Plate Boundaries  6 
14 Subduction  9 
15 Transform Faults  13 
16 Hotspots and Mantle Plumes  14 
17 Continents  17 
18 Paleomagnetism and the Motion of the Plates  22 
54 The Gravitational Potential and the Geoid  201 
55 Moments of Inertia  205 
56 Surface Gravity Anomalies  207 
57 Bouguer Gravity Formula  210 
511 Compensation Due to Lithospheric Flexure  214 
512 Isostatic Geoid Anomalies  216 
513 Compensation Models and Observed Geoid Anomalies  219 
514 Forces Required to Maintain Topography and the Geoid  223 
19 Triple Junctions  35 
110 The Wilson Cycle  38 
111 Continental Collisions  41 
112 Volcanism and Heat Flow  46 
113 Seismicity and the State of Stress in the Lithosphere  49 
114 The Driving Mechanism  54 
115 Comparative Planetology  55 
116 The Moon  56 
117 Mercury  58 
118 Mars  59 
119 Phobos and Deimos  64 
120 Venus  65 
121 The Galilean Satellites  67 
Stress and Strain in Solids  73 
23 Stress in Two Dimensions  80 
24 Stress in Three Dimensions  83 
25 Pressures in the Deep Interiors of Planets  84 
26 Stress Measurement  85 
27 Basic Ideas about Strain  87 
28 Strain Measurements  94 
Elasticity and Flexure  105 
32 Linear Elasticity  106 
34 Uniaxial Strain  108 
35 Plane Stress  109 
36 Plane Strain  111 
38 Isotropic Stress  112 
310 Bending of Plates under Applied Moments and Vertical Loads  116 
311 Buckling of a Plate under a Horizontal Load  118 
312 Deformation of Strata Overlying an Igneous Intrusion  119 
313 Application to the Earths Lithosphere  121 
314 Periodic Loading  122 
315 Stability of the Earths Lithosphere under an End Load  123 
316 Bending of the Elastic Lithosphere under the Loads of Island Chains  124 
317 Bending of the Elastic Lithosphere at an Ocean Trench  127 
318 Flexure and the Structure of Sedimentary Basins  129 
Heat Transfer  132 
43 Measuring the Earths Surface Heat Flux  133 
44 The Earths Surface Heat Flow  135 
45 Heat Generation by the Decay of Radioactive Elements  136 
46 OneDimensional Steady Heat Conduction with Volumetric Heat Production  138 
47 A Conduction Temperature Profile for the Mantle  140 
48 Continental Geotherms  141 
49 Radial Heat Conduction in a Sphere or Spherical Shell  144 
410 Temperatures in the Moon  145 
411 Steady Two and ThreeDimensional Heat Conduction  146 
412 Subsurface Temperature Due to Periodic Surface Temperature and Topography  147 
413 OneDimensional TimeDependent Heat Conduction  149 
Diurnal and Seasonal Changes in Subsurface Temperature  150 
415 Instantaneous Heating or Cooling of a SemiInfinite HalfSpace  153 
416 Cooling of the Oceanic Lithosphere  157 
417 Plate Cooling Model of the Lithosphere  161 
418 The Stefan Problem  162 
419 Solidification of a Dike or Sill  166 
Thermal Effects of Erosion and Sedimentation  168 
421 OneDimensional Unsteady Heat Conduction in an Infinite Region  169 
422 Thermal Stresses  171 
423 Ocean Floor Topography  174 
424 Changes in Sea Level  178 
425 Thermal and Subsidence History of Sedimentary Basins  179 
Island Arc Volcanism and Melting on the Surface of the Descending Slab  184 
428 Mantle Geotherms and Adiabats  185 
429 Thermal Structure of the Subducted Lithosphere  190 
430 Culling Model for the Erosion and Deposition of Sediments  191 
Gravity  195 
53 Centrifugal Acceleration and the Acceleration of Gravity  200 
Fluid Mechanics  226 
63 Asthenospheric Counterflow  230 
64 Pipe Flow  231 
65 Artesian Aquifer Flows  233 
66 Flow Through Volcanic Pipes  234 
68 Elemental Force Balance in Two Dimensions  235 
69 The Stream Function  237 
610 Postglacial Rebound  238 
611 Angle of Subduction  242 
612 Diapirism  244 
613 Folding  249 
614 Stokes Flow  254 
615 Plume Heads and Tails  259 
616 Pipe Flow with Heat Addition  262 
617 Aquifer Model for Hot Springs  264 
618 Thermal Convection  266 
619 Linear Stability Analysis for the Onset of Thermal Convection in a Layer of Fluid Heated from Below  267 
620 A Transient BoundaryLayer Theory for FiniteAmplitude Thermal Convection  272 
621 A SteadyState BoundaryLayer Theory for FiniteAmplitude Thermal Convection  274 
622 The Forces that Drive Plate Tectonics  280 
623 Heating by Viscous Dissipation  283 
624 Mantle Recycling and Mixing  285 
Rock Rheology  292 
72 Elasticity  293 
73 Diffusion Creep  300 
74 Dislocation Creep  307 
75 Shear Flows of Fluids with Temperature and StressDependent Rheologies  311 
76 Mantle Rheology  318 
77 Rheological Effects on Mantle Convection  323 
78 Mantle Convection and the Cooling of the Earth  325 
79 Crustal Rheology  327 
710 Viscoelasticity  329 
711 ElasticPerfectly Plastic Behavior  333 
Faulting  339 
83 Friction on Faults  341 
84 Anderson Theory of Faulting  343 
85 Strength Envelope  347 
87 Earthquakes  350 
88 San Andreas Fault  355 
89 North Anatolian Fault  359 
810 Some Elastic Solutions for StrikeSlip Faulting  361 
811 Stress Diffusion  367 
812 Thermally Activated Creep on Faults  368 
Flows in Porous Media  374 
93 Permeability Models  375 
94 Flow in Confined Aquifers  376 
95 Flow in Unconfined Aquifers  378 
96 Geometrical Form of Volcanoes  387 
97 Equations of Conservation of Mass Momentum and Energy for Flow in Porous Media  390 
98 OneDimensional Advection of Heat in a Porous Medium  391 
99 Thermal Convection in a Porous Layer  393 
910 Thermal Plumes in FluidSaturated Porous Media  396 
911 Porous Flow Model for Magma Migration  402 
912 TwoPhase Convection  405 
Chemical Geodynamics  410 
102 Radioactivity and Geochronology  411 
103 Geochemical Reservoirs  415 
104 A TwoReservoir Model with Instantaneous Crustal Differentiation  417 
105 Noble Gas Systems  423 
106 Isotope Systematics of OIB  424 
Symbols and Units  429 
Physical Constants and Properties  433 
Answers to Selected Problems  437 
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Common terms and phrases
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