"Evolution of the Earth" focuses on the formation of Earth. The topics include the differention of the core, mantle and crust; the formation of the ocean basins and continents; outgassing and volcanism; the initiation of plate tectonics, the origin and persistence of Earth's magnetic field; the growth of the inner core; changes in mantle convection through time; and, the impact of life on the planet. The volume takes an interdisciplinary viewpoint that emphasizes the interplay of geophysics, other aspects of earth science and biological evolution. Some outstanding questions are identified and debated. This self-contained volume starts with an overview of the subject then explores each topic with in-depth detail. It features extensive reference lists and cross references with other volumes to facilitate further research. There are full-color figures and tables that support the text and aid in understanding. The content is suited for both the expert and non-expert.
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology