The Planet Earth

The Planet Earth

2nd Edition - January 1, 1964

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  • Editor: D. R. Bates
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483135991

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The Planet Earth, Second Edition reviews remarkable advances in understanding the physical aspects of the Earth, including technical developments that have made various new types of observation and measurement possible, as well as a deepened understanding of the fundamental laws of nature that have given the necessary basis for the interpretation of many of the complex phenomena concerned. Topics covered include the Van Allen radiation belts, the Mohole project, continental drift and polar wandering, the theory of magnetic storms and aurorae; and the possibility of extra-terrestrial sources of life. This book is comprised of 18 chapters and begins with an overview of the work and achievements of the International Geophysical Year. The reader is then introduced to the Earth's physical properties such as the deep interior, crust, oceans, climate, and geomagnetic field, as well as its origin, age, and possible ultimate fate. Subsequent chapters explore the composition and structure of the Earth's atmosphere; the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans; the ice ages; meteorology and weather forecasting; and experimental proof of the existence of the ionosphere. The airglow, aurorae and magnetic storms, meteors, cosmic radiation, and radiation belts are also described. The final chapter examines the genesis of life on Earth. This monograph is intended for students and practitioners of planetary and geophysical sciences.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 The International Geophysical Year

    Chapter 2 Origin, Age, and Possible Ultimate Fate of the Earth

    Chapter 3 The Deep Interior

    Chapter 4 The Crust

    Chapter 5 The Oceans

    Chapter 6 Geomagnetic Field

    Chapter 7 Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere

    Chapter 8 Climate

    Chapter 9 The General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Oceans

    Chapter 10 Ice Ages

    Chapter 11 Meteorology

    Chapter 12 The Ionosphere

    Chapter 13 The Airglow

    Chapter 14 Aurora and Magnetic Storms

    Chapter 15 Meteors

    Chapter 16 Cosmic Radiation

    Chapter 17 The Radiation Belts

    Chapter 18 Genesis of Life


    I Gravitation and the Mass of the Earth

    II Moment of Inertia

    III Precession of the Equinoxes

    IV P and S Waves

    V Temperature Scales

    VI Atomic and Molecular Spectra

    Selected Bibliography

    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 382
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1964
  • Published: January 1, 1964
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483135991

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D. R. Bates

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