Understanding the Earth

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Geoff Brown, Chris Hawkesworth, Chris Wilson, R. C. L. Wilson
CUP Archive, Nov 5, 1992 - Science - 551 pages
Some of the foremost authorities in earth sciences contributed to this volume, first published in 1992, to provide a highly accessible and stimulating account of the rapid evolution of knowledge about the processes that drive and shape the Earth. Well-illustrated and extremely readable accounts cover many aspects of the earth sciences that are often confined to the more esoteric literature - from magma generation in the Earth to the formation of sedimentary basins. From contributions on the Earth's interior and its dynamic evolution to investigations of the natural and human-driven disturbances to the environment, Understanding the Earth reflects the increasingly integrated and multi-disciplinary research that has fed our understanding of the Earth's origin and its internal and surface processes, and provides an indispensable guide to students of modern earth sciences.
 

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Contents

The origin of the Earth
25
The Earths interior
44
Earth materials science
69
Introduction to Chapters 58
89
The interpretation of magmatic evolution
117
Geological time
132
The continents
145
Introduction to Chapters 912
165
The formation of sedimentary basins
303
Introduction to Chapters 1619
325
Limestones through time
347
Hydrocarbon source rocks
364
Introduction to Chapters 20 and 21
387
Intraplate stress and sedimentary basin evolution
415
Introduction to Chapters 22 and 23
435
Introduction to Chapters 24 and 25
483

Plate tectonics and continental drift
189
Plate tectonics and hydrothermal ore deposits
204
Metamorphism and fluids
222
Seismic reflection profiling and the structure of the continental
251
Deformation of the continental crust
277
Volcanic hazards
506
Glossary
523
Figure acknowledgements
539
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