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    Plate Tectonics: How it Works (Paperback) By (author) Allan Cox, By (author) Robert Brian Hart

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    DescriptionPalaeomagnetism, plates, hot spots, trenches and ridges are the subject of this unusual book. Plate Tectonics is a book of exercises and background information that introduces and demonstrates the basics of the subject. In a lively and lucid manner, it brings together a great deal of material in spherical trigonometry that is necessary to understand plate tectonics and the research literature written about it. It is intended for use in first year graduate courses in geophysics and tectonics, and provides a guide to the quantitative understanding of plate tectonics.

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    Plate Tectonics
    How it Works
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Allan Cox, By (author) Robert Brian Hart
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 190 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    ISBN 13: 9780865423138
    ISBN 10: 086542313X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BIC subject category V2: RBGF
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 06
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26640
    BISAC V2.8: SCI031000
    DC19: 551.136
    DC22: 551.136
    B&T Approval Code: A56403000
    DC22: 551.1/36
    LC classification: QE511.4, QE511.4 .C683 1986
    Thema V1.0: RBG
    Illustrations note
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    Blackwell Science Ltd
    Publication date
    08 January 1991
    Publication City/Country
    Back cover copy
    This book is intended for the reader whose imagination has been captured by reading a popular account about the plate tectonics and would like to know more. It concentrates on the quantitative side of the plate tectonics because most scientifically literate people are already familiar with the quantitative side. The book will enable the reader to answer questions like the following: How fast is London moving away from New York? How fast was Los Angeles moving toward San Francisco 50 million years ago? How are the motions of the plates described in mathematical terms? What geophysical observations are used to determine plate motions? How are earthquakes related to plates motions? What drives the plates? The guiding philosophy of this book is that in plate tectonics, as in chess, more insight comes from playing the game than from talking or reading about it. This is a hands-on, how-to-do-it book. Most students find that through learning the nuts and bolts of plate tectonics, they gain new insight into its power and limitations.
    Table of contents
    Preface; Introduction; Basics of a revolution; Plates in velocity space; Getting round on a sphere; Wrapping plate tectonics around a globe; Plotting planes and vectors in local coordinates; Earthquakes and plates; Finite rotations; Magnetism and isochrons; Paleomagnetic poles; Putting it all together; Absolute Plate Motion; Problems; Suggested Reading; Index; Index of References.