Plate Tectonics A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

Author: Peter Molnar
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198728263
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The 1960s revealed a new and revolutionary idea in geological thought: that the continents drift with respect to one another. After having been dismissed for decades as absurd, the concept gradually became part of geology's basic principles. We now know that the Earth's crust and upper mantle consist of a small number of rigid plates that move, and there are significant boundaries between pairs of plates, usually known as earthquake belts.

Plate tectonics now explains much of the structure and phenomena we see today: how oceans form, widen, and disappear; why earthquakes and volcanoes are found in distinct zones which follow plate boundaries; how the great mountain ranges of the world were built. The impact of plate tectonics is studied closely as these processes continue: the Himalaya continues to grow, the Atlantic is widening, and new oceans are forming. In this Very Short Introduction Peter Molnar provides a succinct and authoritative account of the nature and mechanisms of plate tectonics and its impact on our understanding of Earth.

The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Tectonic Plates How The World Changed

Author: Peter Roberts
Publisher: Russet Publishing
ISBN: 1910537217
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This is a fascinating and intriguing book that tells the geological story of the world over the last 750 million years. The object of this book is to simplify a complex and very specialised subject so that it can be presented clearly and briefly. The author presents fourteen briefly-explained plate migration maps of the entire globe, showing the approximated movements and positions of the world's major tectonic plates over the last 750 million years. This gives "the big picture", explaining how and why our climate has changed so radically with time. This book has been written and the maps drawn for beginners, night classes, schools, universities, amateur geologists, climatologists and even for professional geologists. It is for anyone who wants to understand the causes of the huge changes in the world's geology, oceans, and climate, which have taken place long before humankind evolved, and which have, in turn, created and moulded our planet's diverse geographical landscapes.

Plate Tectonics Continental Drift And Mountain Building

Author: Wolfgang Frisch
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3540765034
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How are mountains formed? Why are there old and young mountains? Why do the shapes of South America and Africa fit so well together? Why is the Pacific surrounded by a ring of volcanoes and earthquake prone areas while the edges of the Atlantic are relatively peaceful?

Frisch and Meschede and Blakey answer all these questions and more through the presentation and explanation of the geo-dynamic processes upon which the theory of continental drift is based and which have lead to the concept of plate tectonics. 

The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic The Adventures Of Geo Vol 1

Author: Kanani K. M. Lee
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593275498
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The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic is a wild adventure in earth science. Follow Geo and his robot dog, Rocky, as they travel back in time to Pangea, surf a tsunami, and escape an erupting volcano—all in time for Geo’s first-period science test!

The journey starts 200 million years ago and takes you to modern-day Hawai’i, the ocean floor, and deep inside the Earth.

You’ll learn:
–How scientists developed the theory of plate tectonics
–Why the Earth shakes
–What’s in the center of the Earth
–How volcanoes can form islands

The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic will teach you about geology in a fun, lively, and visual way.

Ages 8+. Recommended for grade 6 and up

Introduction To Plate Tectonics Origin Of Islands Archipelagos And The Ocean Floor

Author: Terry Maley
Publisher: Mineral Land Publications
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The geology of the Earth has recently been rewritten by the theory of plate tectonics. The theory of plate tectonics, formulated in the 1960s, revolutionized every aspect of Earth science. Plate tectonics explains how the large features of the Earth--both land and sea floor--originated and evolved through the vast span of geologic time. This book explores the role of plate tectonics in the origin and evolution of the ocean floor, islands, archipelagos and continents. Throughout most of geologic time, archipelagos and microcontinents (the building blocks) have accreted to continents; and, continents have broken apart by rifting. Plate tectonics also influenced the evolution of life and fossil record by constantly changing the shape of continents and sea floor and by repeated cycles of amalgamating and fragmenting land masses. The book is richly illustrated with annotate illustrations for interpreting features such as islands, archipelagos, oceanic ridges, oceanic trenches, seamounts, guyots and fracture zones of the ocean basins and continental margins.

Plate Tectonics The Changing Continents

Author: Be Naturally Curious
Publisher: Be Naturally Curious
ISBN: 1942403135
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What causes earthquakes? How do mountains form? These are some of the most frequent questions curious children ask about the Earth. To understand plate tectonics, it can be helpful to have powerful visuals and fun activities, which is exactly what Plate Tectonics: The Changing Continents provides. Designed for grades K–5 and to be done at home or with small groups, this interactive multi-activity mini-course introduces children to how the shifting pieces of Earth’s crust are constantly reshaping our planet. The mini-course includes a richly illustrated story-based lesson as well as games, activities, and projects that incorporate a broad range of teaching styles.

Children are introduced to the topic of plate tectonics through a whimsical story, Continent Beehive. Not only do children learn about the various plates and their movement through history, they also learn such important concepts such as transform, divergent, and convergent boundaries between plates. They then solidify their familiarity with the plates in the Plates Puzzle activity, in which children reconstruct their own, beautiful map of fifteen of the largest plates. Once children can visualize the plates, it’s time for the Plate Boundaries Game, in which they learn the consequences of different types of plate boundaries. In Hot Spots!, kids will have fun with multiple movement-based activities that demonstrate how hot spots result in volcanoes and islands like Hawaii. Finally, the included Research Journal and Science Trip Planner, guide children to learn about plate boundaries in their own area (or other area of interest.)

Most materials needed to complete the mini-course can be cut from the book itself (or, if preferred, downloaded and printed using an included link). The mini-course requires only a few common household items to complete the activities: Crayons or colored pencils, pen or pencil, scissors, clear tape, poster board or butcher paper, red magic marker, large piece of newsprint, blanket or sheet, red construction paper or piece of red clothing, masking tape (optional).

Upon completing the mini-course, children will be provided with links to additional online resources and will earn new concept badges for their Science Tool Kit (included in the mini-course)—including Plate Boundaries, Volcano, the Earth’s Structure, and Oceanic Trench.

Plate Tectonics

Author: The Open University
Publisher: The Open University
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This 15-hour free course, for beginners as well as those with some scientific knowledge, provided an introduction to the study of plate tectonics.

What Is The Theory Of Plate Tectonics? Shaping Modern Science

Author: Craig Saunders
Publisher: Crabtree Pub Co
ISBN: 0778772098
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In 1912, German meteorologist Alfred Wegener published his groundbreaking theory of continental displacement. His theory proposed that the continents were once a single land mass but had slowly moved apart over millions of years. This book examines the scientific process behind Wegener's theory and how it challenged prevailing views of the time.

Plate Tectonics An Insider S History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth

Author: Naomi Oreskes
Publisher: Westview Press
ISBN: 0813339812
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Can anyone today imagine the earth without its puzzle-piece construction of plate tectonics? The very term, "plate tectonics," coined only thirty-five years ago, is now part of the vernacular, part of everyone's understanding of the way the earth works.The theory, research, data collection, and analysis that came together in 1967 to constitute plate tectonics is one of the great scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century. Scholarly books have been written about tectonics, but none by the key scientists-players themselves. In Plate Tectonics , editor Naomi Oreskes has assembled those scientists who played key roles in developing the theory to tell - for the first time, and in their own words - the stories of their involvement in the extraordinary evolution of the theory.The book opens with an overview of the history of plate tectonics, including in-context definitions of the key terms that are discussed throughout the book. Oreskes explains how the forerunners of the theory, Wegener and du Toit, inspired how scientists working at the key academic institutions - Cambridge and Princeton Universities, Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory, and the University of California-San Diego's Scripps Institute of Oceanography – competed and collaborated until the theory coalesced in 1967.

Geology Of The American Southwest A Journey Through Two Billion Years Of Plate Tectonic History

Author: W. Scott Baldridge
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521016665
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Scott Baldridge presents a concise guide to the geology of the Southwestern U.S. Two billion years of Earth history are represented in the rocks and landscape of the Southwest U.S., creating natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Death Valley. This region is considered a geologist's "dream", attracting a large number of undergraduate field classes and amateur geologists. The volume will prove invaluable to students and will also appeal to anyone interested in the geology and landscape of the region's National Parks.

Plate Tectonics

Author: Naomi Oreskes
Publisher: Westview Press
ISBN: 9780786742554
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In Plate Tectonics, editor Naomi Oreskes has assembled those scientists who played crucial roles in developing the theory to tell - for the first time, and in their own words - the stories of their involvement in the extraordinary ...

Plate Tectonics

Author: Wolfgang Frisch
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783540765042
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Frisch and Meschede and Blakey answer all these questions and more through the presentation and explanation of the geodynamic processes upon which the theory of continental drift is based and which have led to the concept of plate tectonics ...


Author: Timothy Kusky
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 0816064628
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"Explores the furious impact of nature and the massive devastation that is often the result of the relentless forces built up within the Earth"--P. [4] of cover.

Major Impacts And Plate Tectonics

Author: Neville Price
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 0203165454
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Neville Price presents a major breakthrough in our understanding of the subject of plate tectonics in this new book.

Plate Tectonics Crustal Evolution

Author: Kent C. Condie
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1483100146
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INTRODUCTION One of the major problems in geology is the role of plate
tectonics in the Precambrian. Although many methods of identifying plate
boundaries and reconstructing plate motions are available for the last 200 m.y. (
Chapter 8), ...

Superplumes Beyond Plate Tectonics

Author: David A. Yuen
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402057504
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This abundantly illustrated book provides a concise overview of our understanding of the entire mantle, its evolution since early differentiation and the consequences of superplumes for earth surface processes.

Plate Tectonics

Author: Steve Tomecek
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438120109
Size: 41.37 MB
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Examines the evolution of plate tectonic theory from its beginnings as a wild idea of drifting continents to its acceptance as the main concept that drives geology today.

Plate Tectonics Revised Edition

Author: Rebecca L. Johnson
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
ISBN: 1467703729
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He went on to become the world's leading spokesman in favor of continental drift
and, ultimately, the theory of plate tectonics. It was Wilson who proposed that
Earth is divided into several large, rigid plates that are moving apart as seafloors

Alfred Wegener

Author: Greg Young
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 0756542332
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Explores the life and achievements of the meteorologist whose theory of continental displacement revolutionized the observations about the Earth's development.

Plate Tectonics Volcanoes And Earthquakes

Author: John P. Rafferty
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
ISBN: 1615301062
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Presents an introduction to volcanoes and earthquakes, explaining how the movement of the Earth's interior plates cause their formation and describing the volcanoes which currently exist around the world as well as some of the famous ...