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Plate tectonics : an insider's history of the modern theory of the Earth

Author: Naomi Oreskes; H E LeGrand
Publisher: Boulder, Colorado : Westview Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Collects eighteen essays on the development of the theory of plate tectonics, covering key concepts, terminology, and the contributions of the scientists who helped develop the model that is today widely accepted in the field.
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Genre/Form: History
Aufsatzsammlung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Naomi Oreskes; H E LeGrand
ISBN: 0813341329 9780813341323 0813339812 9780813339818
OCLC Number: 51568256
Description: xxiv, 424 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The historical background: From continental drift to plate tectonics / Naomi Oreskes --
The early work : from paleomagnetism to sea floor spreading: Stripes on the sea floor / Ron Mason. Reversals of fortune / Frederick J. Vine. The zebra pattern / Lawrence W. Morley. On board the Eltanin-19 / Walter Pitman. The birth of plate tectonics / Neil D. Opdyk --
Heat flow and seismology: How mobile is the Earth? / Gordon J. MacDonald. Heat flow under the oceans / John G. Sclater. Locating earthquakes and plate boundaries / Bruce A. Bolt. Earthquake seismology in the plate tectonics revolution / Jack Oliver --
The plate model: Plate tectonics : a surprising way to start a scientific career / Dan McKenzie. When plates were paving stones / Robert L. Parker. My conversion to plate tectonics / Xavier Le Pichon. --
From the oceans to the continents: Plate tectonics and geology, 1965 to today / John F. Dewey. When the plate tectonic revolution met western North America / Tanya Atwater. The coming of plate tectonics to the Pacific Rim / William R. Dickinson. From plate tectonics to continental tectonics / Peter Molnar --
Epilogue : continents really do move: Plate tectonics : a Martian view / David T. Sandwell.
Responsibility: Naomi Oreskes, editor ; with Homer Le Grand.

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