Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Plate Tectonics

An Insider's History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth, 1st Edition

By Naomi Oreskes

CRC Press

452 pages

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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 the late 1960's to cons

Table of Contents

PART I THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND, 1 From Continental Drift to Plate Tectonics, PART II THE EARLY WORK: FROM PALEOMAGNETISM TO SEA FLOOR SPREADING, 2 Stripes on the Sea Floor, 3 Reversals of Fortune, 4 The Zebra Pattern, 5 On Board the Eltanin-19, 6 The Birth of Plate Tectonics, PART Ill HEAT FLOW AND SEISMOLOGY, 7 How Mobile is the Earth?, 8 Heat Flow under the Oceans, 9 Locating Earthquakes and Plate Boundaries, 10 Earthquake Seismology in the Plate Tectonics Revolution, PART IV THE PLATE MODEL, 11 Plate Tectonics: A Surprising Way to Start a Scientific Career, 12 When Plates Were Paving Stones, 13 My Conversion to Plate Tectonics, PART V FROM THE OCEANS TO THE CONTINENTS, 14 Plate Tectonics and Geology, 1965 to Today, 15 When the Plate Tectonic Revolution Met Westem North America, 16 The Coming of Plate Tectonics to the Pacific Rim, 17 From Plate Tectonics to Continental Tectonics, EPILOGUE: CONTINENTS REALLY DO MOVE, 18 Plate Tectonics: A Martian View

About the Author

Naomi Oreskes

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SCIENCE / Physics