This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics

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DIANE Publishing, 1996 - Science - 77 pages
Provides a brief introduction to the concept of plate tectonics. Highlights some of the people and discoveries that have advanced the development of the theory and traces its progress since its proposal. Fully illustrated with extraordinary color photos and maps. Chapters: historical perspective; developing the theory (ocean floor mapping, magnetic stripping and polar reversals, magnetic stripes and isotopic clocks); understanding plate motions; "Hotspots": mantle thermal plumes; some unanswered questions; plate tectonics and people. References.

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Page 50 - EXPLANATION Divergent plate boundaries — Where new crust is generated as the plates pull away from each other. Convergent plate boundaries — Where crust is consumed in the Earth's interior as one plate dives under another. Transform plate boundaries — Where crust is neither produced nor destroyed as plates slide horizontally past each other. Plate boundary zones — Broad belts in which deformation is diffuse and boundaries are not well defined. Selected prominent hotspots World map showing...
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Page 31 - Transform margin: also called conservative margin, there, crust is neither produced nor destroyed as the plates slide horizontally past each other.
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