Earth as an Evolving Planetary System

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Earth as an Evolving Planetary System presents the key topics and questions relating to the evolution of the Earth's crust and mantle over the last four billion years. It examines the role of plate tectonics in the geological past via geological evidence and proposed plate reconstruction.

Kent Condie synthesizes data from the fields of oceanography, geophysics, planetology, and geochemistry to examine the key topics and questions relating to the evolution of the Earth's crust and mantle. This volume provides a substantial update to Condie's established text, Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolution, 4E. It emphasizes the interactive nature of various components of the Earth system on time scales of tens to hundreds of millions of years, and how these interactions have affected the history of the atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere.

* New insight on interaction and evolution of Earth system
* Examines the role of castrophic events in Earth's history
* New section on the evolution of the mantle

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Following the success of the 4th edition of Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolution, this new edition has been renamed to reflect a new emphasis on the evolving interactions of the Earth system.

Earth as an Evolving Planetary System features new chapters on the core, biotic systems, and the supercontinent cycle and mantle plume events. Extensively revised, this edition contains expanded treatment of evolving Earth systems, crustal evolution, evolution of the mantle and mantle plumes, carbon cycle, oxygenation of the atmosphere, significance of sulfur isotope fractionation, and new information on mass extinctions and how catastrophic events over the last 4.6 billion years have transformed the atmosphere, oceans, and life on Earth.

Kent Condie is a professor of geochemistry at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he has taught since 1970. Condie's research has focused primarily on the origin and evolution of continents and the early history of the Earth. An author/editor of six books, Condie has co-authored more than 275 scientific papers.

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