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 - Plate Tectonics: Continental Drift and Mountain Building
Plate Tectonics: Continental Drift and Mountain Building

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. 

  • Brand: Brand: Springer
  • ASIN: 3540765034
 - Oceania: Tectonic Ring of Fire
Oceania: Tectonic Ring of Fire

  • ASIN: B077GQ74H4
 - National Geographic: The Dynamic Earth, Plate Tectonics Wall Map (36 x 24 inches) (National Geographic Reference Map)
National Geographic: The Dynamic Earth, Plate Tectonics Wall Map (36 x 24 inches) (National Geographic Reference Map)

The Dynamic Earth map illustrates plate tectonics and features stunning bathymetry and naturally colored relief, as well as volcano and earthquake data through 2011.Like pieces of a giant jigsaw puzzle, tectonic plates fit together to form the earth's outer shell. The interaction of these plates causes earthquakes and volcanoes and shapes the earth's crust into mountains, valleys and deep-sea trenches. The Dynamic Earth map illustrates 17 major tectonic plates and highlights diffuse plate boundaries, convergent boundaries, spreading boundaries, fault zones, hot spots, notable earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the 20th and 21st centuries, earthquakes with a magnitude of greater than 6.5 during the 20th and early 21st centuries, and notable volcanic eruptions during the past 10,000 years.The map is packaged in a two inch diamater clear plastic tube. The tube has a decorative label showing a thumbnail of the map with dimensions and other pertinent information. Map Scale = 1:45,500,000Sheet Size = 36" x 24"

  • ASIN: 1597754552
  • UPC: 749717006737
 - The Tectonic Plates are Moving!
The Tectonic Plates are Moving!

Plate tectonics is a revolutionary theory on a par with modern genetics. Yet, apart from the frequent use of clichés such as 'tectonic shift' by economists, journalists, and politicians, the science itself is rarely mentioned and poorly understood. This book explains modern plate tectonics in a non-technical manner, showing not only how it accounts for phenomena such as great earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, but also how it controls conditions atthe Earth's surface, including global geography and climate. The book presents the advances that have been made since the establishment of plate tectonics in the 1960s, highlighting, on the 50th anniversary of the theory, the contributions of a small number of scientists who have never been widelyrecognized for their discoveries.Beginning with the publication of a short article in Nature by Vine and Matthews, the book traces the development of plate tectonics through two generations of the theory. First generation plate tectonics covers the exciting scientific revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, its heroes and its villains. The second generation includes the rapid expansions in sonar, satellite, and seismic technologies during the 1980s and 1990s that provided a truly global view of the plates and their motions, and anapprec...

  • ASIN: B07C8L8BVB
 - Origins: The Evolution of Continents, Oceans and Life
Origins: The Evolution of Continents, Oceans and Life

Changes in climate and sea level are nothing new - over the last 700 million years, the Earth has been slowly but constantly changing from within. We now know that our planet’s surface, far from being fixed or stable, is composed of tectonic plates in continual movement, drifting in oceans which themselves appear and disappear over millennia. Such insecurity lies at the heart of both the physical and the living world, providing the creative impetus for all life forms to confront change, adapt and evolve.This exceptional book celebrates the inevitability of global change and highlights our need as human beings to recognize and adjust to it. Its entertaining and accessible text displays a remarkable breadth and diversity of knowledge, drawing upon discoveries in natural history, geology, geography and paleontology to unravel secrets of millions of years. Its unique structure offers the opportunity to pursue two distinct but parallel narratives in one volume - the first characterized by discrete photo-essay spreads, and the second by authoritative running text illustrated with clearly numbered icons. Designed either to be browsed through like a website or read in chronological sequence, each chapter provides a fascinating glimpse into the formation and development of our world.Glo...

  • Brand: Brand: University of Oklahoma Press
  • ASIN: 0806133597
 - The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

Hailed by The New York Times for writing “with wonderful clarity about science . . . that effortlessly teaches as it zips along,” nationally bestselling author Robert M. Hazen offers a radical new approach to Earth history in this intertwined tale of the planet’s living and nonliving spheres. With an astrobiologist’s imagination, a historian’s perspective, and a naturalist’s eye, Hazen calls upon twenty-first-century discoveries that have revolutionized geology and enabled scientists to envision Earth’s many iterations in vivid detail—from the mile-high lava tides of its infancy to the early organisms responsible for more than two-thirds of the mineral varieties beneath our feet. Lucid, controversial, and on the cutting edge of its field, The Story of Earth is popular science of the highest order."A sweeping rip-roaring yarn of immense scope, from the birth of the elements in the stars to meditations on the future habitability of our world." -Science"A fascinating story." -Bill McKibben

  • Brand: Penguin Books
  • ASIN: 0143123645
 - Ancient Landscapes of Western North America: A Geologic History with Paleogeographic Maps
Ancient Landscapes of Western North America: A Geologic History with Paleogeographic Maps

Allow yourself to be taken back into deep geologic time when strange creatures roamed the Earth and Western North America looked completely unlike the modern landscape.  Volcanic islands stretched from Mexico to Alaska, most of the Pacific Rim didn’t exist yet, at least not as widespread dry land; terranes drifted from across the Pacific to dock on Western Americas’ shores creating mountains and more volcanic activity.  Landscapes were transposed north or south by thousands of kilometers along huge fault systems.  Follow these events through paleogeographic maps that look like satellite views of ancient Earth.  Accompanying text takes the reader into the science behind these maps and the geologic history that they portray.  The maps and text unfold the complex geologic history of the region as never seen before.

  • ASIN: 3319596349
 - Plate Tectonics & Earthquakes
Plate Tectonics & Earthquakes

  • ASIN: B005IUWYJC
 - Plate Tectonics and Great Earthquakes: 50 Years of Earth-Shaking Events
Plate Tectonics and Great Earthquakes: 50 Years of Earth-Shaking Events

The theory of plate tectonics transformed earth science. The hypothesis that the earth’s outermost layers consist of mostly rigid plates that move over an inner surface helped describe the growth of new seafloor, confirm continental drift, and explain why earthquakes and volcanoes occur in some places and not others. Lynn R. Sykes played a key role in the birth of plate tectonics, conducting revelatory research on earthquakes. In this book, he gives an invaluable insider’s perspective on the theory’s development and its implications.Sykes combines lucid explanation of how plate tectonics revolutionized geology with unparalleled personal reflections. He entered the field when it was on the cusp of radical discoveries. Studying the distribution and mechanisms of earthquakes, Sykes pioneered the identification of seismic gaps―regions that have not ruptured in great earthquakes for a long time―and methods to estimate the possibility of quake recurrence. He recounts the various phases of his career, including his antinuclear activism, and the stories of colleagues around the world who took part in changing the paradigm. Sykes delves into the controversies over earthquake prediction and their importance, especially in the wake of the giant 2011 Japanese earthquake and the acc...

  • ASIN: 0231186886
 - Plate Tectonics: The Changing Continents
Plate Tectonics: The Changing Continents

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 b...

  • ASIN: 1942403135
 - Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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.ABOUT THE SERIES: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 com...

  • Brand: imusti
  • ASIN: 0198728263
 - Continental Drift (P.S.)
Continental Drift (P.S.)

Now available for the first time in e-book format, a powerful literary classic from one of contemporary fiction's most acclaimed and important writers, Russell Banks's Continental Drift is a masterful novel of hope lost and gained, and a gripping, indelible story of fragile lives uprooted and transformed by injustice, disappointment, and the seductions and realities of the American dream.

  • ASIN: B005O08FOO
 - What Is the Theory of Plate Tectonics? (Shaping Modern Science)
What Is the Theory of Plate Tectonics? (Shaping Modern Science)

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.

  • Brand: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • ASIN: 0778772098
 - When the Earth Cracks
When the Earth Cracks

  • ASIN: B00HGK1G8M
 - Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth
Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth

This book provides an overview of the history of plate tectonics, including in-context definitions of the key terms. It explains how the forerunners of the theory and how scientists working at the key academic institutions competed and collaborated until the theory coalesced.

  • ASIN: 0813341329
 - The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic: The Adventures of Geo, Vol. 1
The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic: The Adventures of Geo, Vol. 1

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 islandsThe Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic will teach you about geology in a fun, lively, and visual way.Ages 8+. Recommended for grade 6 and up

  • ASIN: 1593275498
 - The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the  Planet
The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet

New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceIn the bestselling tradition of Erik Larson’s Isaac’s Storm, The Great Quake is a riveting narrative about the biggest earthquake in North American recorded history -- the 1964 Alaska earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and swept away the island village of Chenega -- and the geologist who hunted for clues to explain how and why it took place. At 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964, a magnitude 9.2. earthquake – the second most powerful in world history – struck the young state of Alaska. The violent shaking, followed by massive tsunamis, devastated the southern half of the state and killed more than 130 people.  A day later, George Plafker, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, arrived to investigate.  His fascinating scientific detective work in the months that followed helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics.In a compelling tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature, New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain combines history and science to bring the quake and its aftermath to life in vivid detail.  With deep, on-the-ground reporting from Alaska, often in the company of George Plafker, Fountain shows how the earthquake left its mark on the land and its people -- and on sci...

  • Brand: Unknown
  • ASIN: B01N3VKRXW
 - Geology Is a Piece of Cake
Geology Is a Piece of Cake

Geology made yummy! With scrumptious-looking photos, easy recipes, and cakes depicting accurate science, this book provides a fun and memorable approach to thinking about rock formation, tectonic plate movement, weathering, fossils and more. 

  • ASIN: 1943431280

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