Earth as an Evolving Planetary System

Earth as an Evolving Planetary System

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Earth as an Evolving Planetary System is based on Kent Condie's classic text, Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolution, which has been revamped and renamed in order to reflect a new emphasis on the evolving interactions of the Earth's systems. This revised volume synthesizes data from the fields of geophysics, oceanography, planetology, and geochemistry.

It features new chapters on the Earth's core, biotic systems, and the supercontinent cycle and mantle plume events. It contains expanded treatment of the evolution of the Earth's crust and mantle, carbon cycle, oxygenation of the atmosphere, and the significance of sulfur isotope fractionation. It also includes new information on mass extinctions and catastrophic events over the last four billion years that have transformed the atmosphere, oceans, and life on Earth. By integrating results from many different disciplines, this important text gives students a broader perspective of the Earth Sciences and shows how specialized data contribute to Earth and planetary history.

This text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; and scientists in other disciplines who want to look at the Earth with a broader perspective.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 188 x 231.1 x 30.5mm | 975.23g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 0120883929
  • 9780120883929
  • 2,173,947

Table of contents

1. Earth Systems
2. The Crust
3. Tectonic Settings
4. The Mantle
5. The Core
6. The Atmosphere and Oceans
7. Living Systems
8. Crustal and Mantle Evolution
9. The Supercontinent Cycle and Mantle Plume Events
10. Comparative Planetary Evolution
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Review quote

" The book is an excellent textbook for either an upper class undergraduate course or a graduate course in Earth history."
-Eos (Bulletin of the American Geophysical Union), 2005

Praise for Condie's Plate Tectonics 4E:
"By any standard, this book is a remarkable achievement. The author has produced an outstanding synthesis of more than three decades of research on plate tectonics, mantle evolution and the origin of continents."

"This volume provides a substantial update to Condie's established text,Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolution, Fourth Edition. It emphasizes the interactive nature of various components of the Earth system..."
-Linda Chappell, Information and Research Services, Lunar and Planetary Institute
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About Kent C. Condie

Kent Condie is professor of geochemistry at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM where he has taught since 1970. Prior to that time he was at Washington University in St. Louis, MO (1964-1970). TextbookHis textbook, Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolution, which is widely used in upper division and graduate courses in the Earth Sciences, was first published in 1976 and has gone through four previous editions. In addition, Condie has written and edited several books. Condie's research, primarily dealing with the origin and evolution of continents and the early history of the Earth, has over the years been sponsored chiefly by the U. S. National Science Foundation. He is author or co-author of over 750 articles published scientific journals.
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