A Continent Revealed: The European Geotraverse, Structure and Dynamic Evolution

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A Continent Revealed presents the findings of the European Geotraverse (EGT)—a unique study of the tectonic evolution of the continent of Europe and the first comprehensive cross section of the continental lithosphere. The project produced maps and geologic profiles, along a 250 kilometer wide swath stretching 4600 kilometers from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, which form a three dimensional picture of the structure, properties, and composition of the continental lithosphere of Europe in an atlas format. Many ...

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Overview

A Continent Revealed presents the findings of the European Geotraverse (EGT)—a unique study of the tectonic evolution of the continent of Europe and the first comprehensive cross section of the continental lithosphere. The project produced maps and geologic profiles, along a 250 kilometer wide swath stretching 4600 kilometers from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, which form a three dimensional picture of the structure, properties, and composition of the continental lithosphere of Europe in an atlas format. Many of the data that comprise the maps are also presented on an compact disc (ROM). The discussion volume, the maps, and a booklet containing gravity, electric, and magnetic field data constitute the complete boxed set. The paperback discussion volume is also available separately.

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"The maps are monuments to careful scientific cartography: They are clearly drawn, beautifully colored, and filled with useful information....An essential addition to any library used by advanced undergraduate and graduate geology students, faculty, and professionals." M.A. Wilson, Choice

"One of the most ambitious projects in the earth sciences bears fruit in this impressive multiauthored book." M.A. Wilson, Choice

"...a publishing tour de force....What makes A Continent Revealed special is the editors' acievement in summarizing a huge amount of primary scientific literature at a level accessible to an advanced undergraduate, and successfully melding the contributions of an additional dozen authors into a single narrative. This part of the package is available separately and will undoubtedly find use as a textbook; but in an attempt to give readers the same opportunity as the authors to interpret the database and to confront the scientific problems, the boxed set also contains 14 maps at a uniform scale of 1:2.5 million, a description of the data compiled in these maps and a CD-ROM containing some of the digital information incorporated into the maps....[T]he paper and digital databases already turn the textbook into a reference volume essential to any European geoscientist interested in the big picture." Simon Klemperer, Nature

"...incontestably improves our knowledge of the European continent." Pierre Choukroune, Science

"...a wealth of information...this text sets the pace for the future..."' Geophysics

"...'WOW'..different and outstanding...includes a marvelous synthesis but also an astonishing wealth of data..required reading for any geologist who plans a trip to Europe. This book would even be the ideal basis for a course on the regional geology of Europe...a starting point for further work, geologic thinking, and research activities in Europe...an indispensable work that should be available in every geology library and every lab." Hermann W. Pfefferkorn, Journal of Geologic Education

"...a very impressive publication that provides the results of the EGT in a manner that is useful to geoscientists at all levels. By providing an encyclopedic picture of the data and current models in a single publication, A Continent Revealed makes an extremely effective contribution to all those who are interested in the evolution of continental lithosphere in general....Overall, A Continent Revealed is an outstanding resource for anyone interested in the origin and evolution of continental lithosphere and is particularly valuable for those engaged in understanding the pre-Mesozoic tectonic evolution of the earth, when geological history must be deciphered from the complex record in continental lithosphere." Terry J. Wilson, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521429481
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The reason for the European Geotraverse; 2. Mobile Europe; 3. The seismic structural framework of Europe; 4. Structure and physical properties of the lithosphere in Europe; 5. Recent activity in the lithosphere of Europe; 6. The tectonic evolution of Europe; 7. Lithosphere dynamics and evolution.

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