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The physics of the earth's core : an introduction

Author: Paul J Melchior
Publisher: Oxford, England : Pergamon Press, 1986. ©1986
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An expanded version of a course on the physics of the Earth's interior by an internationally recognised expert in the field. It is a reference text providing condensed information on those essential physical topics needed by both the non-specialist scientist and student to follow the most recent developments in internal geophysics. It is a key to understanding papers covering theoretical geophysics where the basic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Melchior, Paul J.
Physics of the earth's core : an introduction.
Oxford, England : Pergamon Press, ©1986
vi, 256 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul J Melchior
ISBN: 9781483286464 1483286460
OCLC Number: 896844665
Description: 1 online resource (265 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Front Cover; The Physics of the Earth's Core: An Introduction; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Introduction; Bibliography; Additional references; CHAPTER 1. THE MODEL OF THE EARTH; 1.1 Shape and dimensions of the model; 1.2 The rotation of the model of the Earth; 1.3 Gravity and pressure inside the Earth; 1.4 Seismological model for the internal structure of the Earth; 1.5 Stratification of the liquid core; 1.6 Topography of the core-mantle interface; Bibliography; CHAPTER 2. THERMODYNAMICS; 2.1 Fundamental thermodynamic relations; 2.2 Definitions of fundamental thermodynamic parameters. CHAPTER 3. HYDRODYNAMICS3.1 Lagrangian and Eulerian descriptions; 3.2 Equations of conservation; 3.3 Dimensionless characteristic numbers in hydrodynamics; 3.4 Heimholtz equation; 3.5 Geostrophic flow, Taylor columns; 3.6 Classical approximations; 3.7 Differential equations of the perturbed pressure in a rotating spheroid; 3.8 Boundary condition for the reduced pressure; 3.9 Solution of the Poincaré equation by separation of variables; 3.10 Greenspan equation in cylindrical coordinates; 3.11 A Poincaré equation for the velocity field; 3.12 Stratified fluids, internal gravity waves. 3.13 Turbulence in hydrodynamics3.14 The boundary layers in hydrodynamics; 3.15 Rotating fluid --
elementary properties of the viscous Ekman boundary layer; 3.16 The rotating vertical cylinder: Stewartson sidewall boundary layers; 3.17 Spin-up, Ekman suction; 3.18 Thermal instability-the Rayleigh number; 3.19 An application of Navier equation and boundary layer theory to the problem of differential rotation speed of the core and mantle of the Earth; Bibliography; CHAPTER 4. GEOMAGNETISM; 4.1 Fundamental laws of electromagnetism; 4.2 Main features of the geomagnetic field. 4.3 Penetration of the magnetic field and currents into the lower mantle: skin depth4.4 Analogy between the magnetic induction equation and the vorticity equation; 4.5 Magnetic dimensionless characteristic numbers; 4.6 Lorentz force and Maxwell stresses; 4.7 Magnetohydrodynamic waves: the Alfvén waves; 4.8 Magnetostrophic waves; 4.9 The Hartmann number; 4.10 Hydromagnetic boundary layers; 4.11 Energy budget; 4.12 The geodynamo; 4.13 Fluid movements in the core; 4.14 Electric radius of the core; Bibliography; CHAPTER 5. GEOPHYSICAL IMPLICATIONS IN THE EARTH'S CORE.
Responsibility: by Paul Melchior.

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An expanded version of a course on the physics of the Earth's interior by an internationally recognised expert in the field. It is a reference text providing condensed information on those essential physical topics needed by both the non-specialist scientist and student to follow the most recent developments in internal geophysics. It is a key to understanding papers covering theoretical geophysics where the basic formulae, definitions and theorems cannot be explained in detail due to the limited space and thus enables the reader to remain aware of the continuous progress being made in study.

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