Mechanics in the Earth and Environmental Sciences

Mechanics in the Earth and Environmental Sciences

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The study of the Earth and the environment requires an understanding of the physical processes within and at the surface of the Earth. This book allows the student to develop a broad working knowledge of mechanics and its application to the earth and environmental sciences - providing the background necessary to study the professional literature. The mathematical background required is a first-year course in calculus - more advanced topics are introduced in the context of their applications. The book aims to develop an understanding of the physics for each topic in mechanics, to provide insight into a wide range of natural phenomena. The breadth of application, and the many worked examples and problems will lead both students and professionals to a better understanding of the physical systems at work in the Earth's crust and at its more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 154 b/w illus. 5 tables
  • 1139170554
  • 9781139170550

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'This is a very good book, and goes a long way in presenting a much-needed dose of mechanics at a level appropriate for many students in the earth sciences. This book should be in any library, and the paperback version is a good buy for personal use.' James P. Evans, Journal of Structural Geologyshow more

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Review of elementary mechanics; 3. Dimensional analysis and theory of models; 4. Stress; 5. Pressure, buoyancy and consolidation; 6. Flow through porous media; 7. Strain; 8. Elasticity; 9. Viscous fluids; 10. Flow of natural materials; 11. Turbulence; 12. Thermal convection; Appendices; more

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