Core Dynamics

Treatise on Geophysics

Edited By

  • Peter Olson, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

Core Dynamics is an account of the dynamics at the heart of our planet. The range of subjects reflects the breadth and the fast pace of research in core dynamics. Topics include structure and composition of the outer and inner core, energetics of the core, convection, rotation, flow and turbulence in the outer core, solidification of the inner core, dynamo theory and numerical dynamo models, magnetic polarity reversals, laboratory experiments on the core and the geodynamo and the interactions between the core and the other parts of the Earth.
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Book information

  • Published: August 2009
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53457-6


Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Energetics of the Core
  3. Theory of the Geodynamo
  4. Large Scale Flow in the Core
  5. Thermal and Compositional Convection in the Outer Core
  6. Turbulence and Small-Scale Dynamics in the Outer Core
  7. Rotational Dynamics of the Core
  8. Numerical Dynamo Simulations
  9. Magnetic Polarity Reversals in the Core
  10. Inner Core Dynamics
  11. Experiments on Core Dynamics
  12. Core-Mantle Interactions

  1. Overview
    Peter Olson
    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  2. Energetics of the Core
    Francis Nimmo
    University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  3. Theory of the Geodynamo
    Paul Roberts
    University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  4. Large Scale Flow in the Core
    Richard Holme
    University of Liverpool, UK
  5. Thermal and Compositional Convection in the Outer Core
    Christopher A. Jones
    University of Leeds, UK
  6. Turbulence and Small-Scale Dynamics in the Outer Core
    David E. Loper
    Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA
  7. Rotational Dynamics of the Core
    Andreas Tilgner
    University of G ttingen, Germany
  8. Numerical Dynamo Simulations
    Ulrich R. Christensen and Johannes Wicht
    Max Planck Institute for Solar Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
  9. Magnetic Polarity Reversals in the Core
    Gary A. Glatzmaier and Robert S. Coe
    University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
  10. Inner Core Dynamics
    Ikuro Sumita
    University of California, Berkeley, USA
    Michael I. Bergman
    Simon's Rock College of Bard, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA
  11. Experiments on Core Dynamics
    Philippe Cardin
    Universit Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
    Peter Olson
    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  12. Core-Mantle Interactions
    Bruce A. Buffett
    The University of Chicago, Illinois, USA