Continental Drift - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483229829, 9781483282091

Continental Drift, Volume 3

1st Edition

Editors: S. K. Runcorn
eBook ISBN: 9781483282091
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1962
Page Count: 350
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface Chapter 1 Palaeomagnetic Evidence for Continental Drift and its Geophysical Cause References Chapter 2 Palaeoclimatology and Continental Drift I. Introduction II. Sedimentary Climatic Indicators III. Uniformitarianism and the Study of Palaeoclimates IV. Distribution of Cainozoic Climatic Indicators V. Discussion of Cainozoic Climate VI. Distribution of Climatic Indicators during the Mesozoic VII. Distribution of Palaeozoic Climatic Indicators VIII. Palaeomagnetism and Palaeoclimatology IX. Conclusions References Chapter 3 Movements in the Earth's Crust as indicated by Earthquakes I. Introduction II. Studies of Earthquake Mechanism III. Interpretation on the Collapse Model IV. Interpretation on the Fault Model V. Summary and Conclusions References Chapter 4 Movements on Major Transcurrent Faults I. General Considerations II. Circum-Pacific Shallow Faults III. Other Large Transcurrent Faults IV. Deep Faults of the Circum-Pacific Margins References Chapter 5 Magnetic Evidence for Horizontal Displacements in the Floor of the Pacific Ocean References Chapter 6 Thermal Convection in the Earth's Mantle I. Introductory and Summary II. The Constitution of the Mantle III. Arguments in Favour of Convection Currents in the Mantle IV. Convection Currents in a Plane Crystalline Layer V. Spherical Harmonics VI. Convection Currents in the Crystalline Mantle VII. Spherical Harmonic Development up to the 31st Order of the Earth's Topography VIII. Interpretation of the Spherical Harmonic Development of the Topography; Convection Systems in the Mantle; Origin of Continents; Relative Displacements of Continents References Chapter 7 The Theory of Convection in Spherical Shells and its Application to the Problem of Thermal Convection in the Earth's Mantle


Continental Drift brings together within one volume a discussion of the geophysical evidence relating to horizontal movements in the earth's crust in its widest sense. This is not the time for a reappraisal of the work of German meteorologist Alfred Wegener, but it is hoped that this volume will stimulate a serious interest in a subject formerly considered by many earth scientists as already closed. The book contains 12 chapters and begins with a discussion of paleomagnetic evidence for continental drift and its geophysical cause. This is followed by separate chapters on of paleoclimatic evidence on the paleomagnetic latitudes given by paleomagnetism; studies of earthquake mechanism; movements on major transcurrent faults; and magnetic evidence for horizontal displacements in the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Subsequent chapters deal with thermal convection in the earth's mantle; the theory of convection in spherical shells and its application to the problem of thermal convection in the earth's mantle; mountain-building hypotheses; and investigations of the deep-sea floor.


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University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK