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Plate Tectonics

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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, 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.

Contains about 200 colored figures visualizing the complex geodynamic processes

Emphasizes special topics which may be read independently

Provides a glossary with important terms


Wolfgang Frisch was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1943. He studied in Vienna and worked at the Mining University of Leoben (Austria), the University of Vienna, and the Technical University of Munich (Germany), before he was appointed to Tübingen (Germany) University where he held the Chair in Geology until his retirement in 2009. His research interests include structural geology and geodynamics, the genesis of mineral deposits, and the petrology of magmatic rocks. His working areas include the Alps, southeastern Europe, the Himalayas and Tibet, Arabia and Egypt, as well as Greenland, middle America, and Africa.

Martin Meschede, born in 1957 is Professor of Regional and Structural Geology at the University Greifswald, Germany. He received his Diploma in Geology from the University Hannover, Germany, and his Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen (Germany). His research interests include geodynamics, structural geology, paleogeography reconstructions, particularly in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific region; marine geology as well as neotectonic and glacial processes in the Baltic Sea area.

Roland Blakey is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Northern Arizona University (US) following over 34 years of teaching courses in Historical Geology, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Field Geology, and Tectonics. Most of his scholarly publications concern the sedimentary rocks and geologic history of the American Southwest. He is involved in the reconstruction of paleogeography maps that document past Earth history.

1. Contractional theory, continental drift and plate tectonics2. Plate movements and their geometric relationships3. Continental graben structures4. Passive continental margins and abyssal plains 5. Mid-ocean ridges6. Hot spots7. Subduction zones, island arcs and active continental maragins8. Transform faults9. Terranes10. Early Precambrian plate tectonics11. Plate tectonics and mountain building12. Old orogens 13. Young orogens - the Earth's loftiest places


Titel: Plate Tectonics
Untertitel: Continental Drift and Mountain Building
EAN: 9783030889982
Format: Fester Einband
Hersteller: Springer International Publishing
Herausgeber: Springer, Berlin
Genre: Geowissenschaften
Anzahl Seiten: 330
Größe: H279mm x B279mm x T210mm
Auflage: 2. Aufl.

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