Treatise on Geophysics, Volume 7: Mantle Dynamics

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David Bercovici
Elsevier, May 17, 2010 - Science - 7000 pages
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Treatise on Geophysics: Mantle Dynamics, Volume 7 aims to provide both a classical and state-of-the-art introduction to the methods and science of mantle dynamics, as well as survey leading order problems (both solved and unsolved) and current understanding of how the mantle works. It is organized around two themes: (1) how is mantle convection studied; and (2) what do we understand about mantle dynamics to date. The first four chapters are thus concerned with pedagogical reviews of the physics of mantle convection; laboratory studies of the fluid dynamics of convection relevant to the mantle; theoretical analysis of mantle dynamics; and numerical analysis and methods of mantle convection. The subsequent chapters concentrate on leading issues of mantle convection itself, which include the energy budget of the mantle; the upper mantle and lithosphere in and near the spreading center (mid-ocean ridge) environment; the dynamics of subducting slabs; hot spots, melting anomalies, and mantle plumes; and finally, geochemical mantle dynamics and mixing.
  • Self-contained volume starts with an overview of the subject then explores each topic in detail
  • Extensive reference lists and cross references with other volumes to facilitate further research
  • Full-color figures and tables support the text and aid in understanding
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    An Introduction and Overview
    Chapter 2 Physics of Mantle Convection
    Chapter 3 Laboratory Studies of Mantle Convection
    Chapter 4 Analytical Approaches to Mantle Dynamics
    Chapter 5 Numerical Methods for Mantle Convection
    6 Temperatures Heat and Energy in the Mantle of the Earth
    Chapter 7 The Dynamics and Convective Evolution of the Upper Mantle
    Constraints from Seismology Geoid Topography Geochemistry and Petrology
    Chapter 9 Hot Spots and Melting Anomalies
    Chapter 10 Mantle Geochemical Geodynamics

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