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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Inaccurate and misleading

    The model of the Earth's interior illustrated and described in this book is wrong and leads to numerous other conceptual errors throughout the book. The book claims that there is a molten magma layer beneath the upper 95 mile thick lithosphere of the Earth. This is false. The layer of the Earth beneath the lithosphere is the asthenosphere, which is a solid that flows on very long time scales - it is not a liquid magma. In addition to other misleading and inaccurate statements throughout the text, the illustrations are sure to create misconceptions among children. For example, one illustration shows a volcano at Earth's surface that is directly fed by the misinterpreted magma layer deep beneath the Earth's lithosphere, and leads one to believe that when the entire 95-mile thick lithosphere cracks, liquid magma suddenly shoots up from below. A quick comparison between the model of the Earth presented in this book and that presented in modern geology textbooks, or Wikipedia for that matter, will hopefully convice existing owners of this book that it is deeply flawed.

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