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Cambridge University Press
Isostasy and Flexure of the Lithosphere

Isostasy and Flexure of the Lithosphere

by A. B. WattsA. B. Watts


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This unique book presents an overview of isostasy, a phenomenon of fundamental importance to the earth sciences. Isostasy is a simple concept, yet it has long perplexed students. To overcome this problem, the author uses a simplified mathematical treatment, numerous geological examples and an extensive bibliography. The book begins by tracing the ideas behind local and regional models of isostasy, arguing that only flexure is in accord with geological observations. It then proceeds to describe the theoretical background, the observational evidence and the constraints that flexure has provided on physical properties of the lithosphere. The book concludes with a discussion of flexure's role in understanding the evolution of the surface features of the Earth and its neighboring planets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521006002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/04/2001
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 1,028,144
Product dimensions: 6.93(w) x 9.76(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Notation; 1. Historical development of the concept of isostasy; 2. Isostasy and flexure of the lithosphere; 3. Theory of elastic plates; 4. Geological examples of the flexure model of isostasy; 5. Isostatic response functions; 6. Isostasy and the physical nature of the lithosphere; 7. Isostasy and the origin of geological features in the continents and oceans; 8. Isostasy and the terrestrial planets; Bibliography; Index.

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