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The Little Book of Earthquakes and Volcanoes / Edition 1
     

The Little Book of Earthquakes and Volcanoes / Edition 1

by Rolf Schick
 

ISBN-10: 038795287X

ISBN-13: 9780387952871

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Springer New York

In this lay reader's introduction to the most spectacular and devastating of all geological events, Rolf Schick describes how earthquakes and volcanoes are related, and how they are an integral part of Earth's structure. Tracing the latest findings and theories in plate tectonics, he helps readers ask and answer the basic questions: What was it during the

Overview

In this lay reader's introduction to the most spectacular and devastating of all geological events, Rolf Schick describes how earthquakes and volcanoes are related, and how they are an integral part of Earth's structure. Tracing the latest findings and theories in plate tectonics, he helps readers ask and answer the basic questions: What was it during the formation of Earth that led to these phenomena? Why do they occur in certain areas and not in others? How can we, within reason, protect ourselves from their devastation? And how far have we come, and how far can we go, in predicting when they will strike? For the reader who wants a concise and accessible guide to what makes the ground shake and explode, this is the perfect introduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387952871
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
Little Book Series
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.01(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE

CHAPTER 1 HOW SOLID IS THE "SOLID EARTH"?

The Earth's Temperature

The Structure of the Earth and the Role of Plate Tectonics

CHAPTER 2 EARTHQUAKES

Early Ideas and the Concept of "Tectonic Quakes"

The Mechanics of Earthquakes

Analyzing Earthquake Sources

Earthquakes in the Laboratory

The Earthquake Focus as a Point Source

The Spatial Extent of the Earthquake Source

Earthquakes That Should Not Exist

The Seismotectonics of California

Earthquake Prediction

Earthquake Hazard and Earthquake-Resistant Buildings

Tsunamis

CHAPTER 3 VOLCANOES

Fundamental Questions

Melting Processes in the Earth's Mantle

Igneous Rocks

Eruption Mechanisms

The Explosive Effects of Volcanoes

The Eruption Products of Volcanoes

Volcanoes in the Cascades of North America

Volcanic Eruptions and Climate

Volcanoes That Should Not Exist

Volcanism in the Solar System

Volcanic Hazard and Monitoring

FURTHER READING AND INFORMATION

INDEX

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