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  • 122 b/w illus. 73 tables
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New Theory of the Earth is an interdisciplinary advanced textbook on the origin, composition, and evolution of the Earth's interior: geophysics, geochemistry, dynamics, convection, mineralogy, volcanism, energetics and thermal history. This is the only book on the whole landscape of deep Earth processes which ties together all the strands of the subdisciplines. It is a complete update of Anderson's Theory of the Earth (1989). It includes many new sections and dozens of new figures and tables. As with the original book, this new edition will prove to be a stimulating textbook on advanced courses in geophysics, geochemistry, and planetary science, and supplementary textbook on a wide range of other advanced Earth science courses. It will also be an essential reference and resource for all researchers in the solid Earth sciences.


Preface; Part I. Planetary Perspective: 1. Origin and early history; 2. Comparative planetology; 3. Building blocks of planets; Part II. Earth: The Dynamic Planet: 4. Outer shells of Earth; 5. Eclogite engine; 6. Shape of the Earth; 7. Convection and complexity; Part III. Radial and Lateral Structure: 8. Let's take it from the top; crust and upper mantle; 9. A laminated lumpy mantle; 10. The bowels of the Earth; 11. Geotomography; heterogeneity of the mantle; Part IV. Sampling Earth: 12. Statistics and other damned lies; 13. Making an Earth; 14. Magmas - windows into the mantle; 15. The hard rock cafe; 16. Noble gas isotopes; 17. The other isotopes; Part V. Mineral Physics: 18. Elasticity and solid state geophysics; 19. Dissipation; 20. Anisotropy; fabric of the mantle; 21. Nonelastic and transport properties; 22. Squeezing; phase changes and mantle mineralogy; Part VI. Origin and Evolution of Layers and Blobs: 23. The upper mantle; 24. The nature and cause of mantle heterogeneity; 25. Crystallization of the mantle; Part VII. Energetics: 26. Terrestrial heat flow; 27. Thermal history; Appendix; Index.

Prize Winner

Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Titles, 2008


"This book will serve as a great resource since it is jam-packed with tables, graphs, and figures covering every imaginable aspect of modern geological analysis. For a complex and ambitious undertaking, it is remarkably readable. ...Highly recommended." - CHOICE

"It is principally the task of every geoscientist to highlight such enigmas and paradoxes through questioning and criticism, but few have the overview, the facilities, the time and the willingness to do so. Don Anderson is among those rare geoscientists who have wisdom and capability of in-depth criticism, as is evident from this book ... In addition to conventional (highly relevant and up-to-date) references, the added 'googlets' will be of immense help for students and researchers to find many relevant but otherwise inaccessible web documents. The mode of presentation is enjoyable and the illustrations are reader-friendly. This book will definitely motivate new research and I strongly recommend this book for libraries of universities. Last but not the least, I must congratulate Cambridge University Press for publishing such a good book." - Rajat Mazumder, Geologos

"Anderson does a fine job combining the latest research from diverse fields to support his major viewpoints." -Pure Applied Geophysics

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