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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (25 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521666244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521666244
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.8 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 782,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'It is immensely gratifying that Turcotte and Schubert have prepared this update of their classic textbook, which has been required reading for solid-earth graduate students here at Princeton for the past two decades. The exquisite clarity of exposition and the perfectly balanced level of mathematical and physical sophistication are maintained in this second edition, which differs by about ten percent from the original. The authors attribute this high degree of conservation to the fact that the book 'deals with fundamental physical processes that do not change'; however, I consider it to be a consequence of their impeccable choice of topics.' Tony Dahlen, Princeton University

'… the long awaited revision of Don Turcotte and Jerry Schubert's classic book on the fundamental physical processes that underlie geological phenomena. The second edition brings the subject up-to-date with discussions on satellite observations of surface strain and planetary morphology, thermal cooling models for the lithosphere, and chemical mantle dynamics. The result is a definitive work of impressive breadth that will be of great interest to researchers and students alike.' Anthony B. Watts, University of Oxford

'A welcome revision of a classic text. Twenty years have elapsed between the first and this second edition, but only relatively minor revisions and additions have been necessary; testimony to the rigor and comprehensive coverage of the original text. The main changes cover recent advances in comparative planetology, space geodesy, mantle plumes and mantle convection in general, and the way in which geochemical data can help in illuminating geodynamic processes. Now in paperback, and at an affordable price, this text will be an essential buy for all senior undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers studying the physics of solid Earth processes.' Professor Fred J. Vine, University of East Anglia

'For the past 20 years, Geodynamics by Turcotte and Schubert has served as the primary textbook in the field. The book offers a deterministic view of geodynamics based on first principles and thus is served as both a textbook and a reference book. The second edition is a welcome replacement for my worn-out copy and I expect that it will remain the premier textbook for years to come.' David T. Sandwell, University of California

'Update of classic graduate textbook on the fundamental physical processes that propel geological change. Includes up-to-date discussions on satellite observations, planetary morphology, thermal cooling and chemical mantle dynamics.' Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin

' … particularly applicable for teaching purposes as it presents material with a minimum mathematical complexity. … This second edition is particularly important as it presents a number of new ideas and concepts that have evolved since the first edition was published.' International Journal of Geosciences

' … the second edition of Geodynamics, like its predecessor, stand alone in its ability to link basic theory and geologic observation, Geodynamics should continue to benefit new generations of Earth scientists and students for decades to come.' EOS

'The classic textbook by Turcotte and Schubert should be found in the library of every earth scientist. This second edition book contains additional information and chapters not found in the first edition. The variety of topics presented quite extensively and with such detailed mathematics is amazing.' Episodes

'The second edition retains everything that made the first edition a success, and adds some new material, including updates on the terrestrial planets and a chapter on chemical tracers in geodynamical processes. Cambridge University Press has succeeded in making this second edition a more attractive volume than the first, and its soft cover and simple, uncluttered format helps keep its price reasonable, an important consideration for its target audience of students worldwide.' Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

'… a very useful update to what has become a classic text.' Geological Journal

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First published in 1982, Geodynamics became a classic textbook for several generations of students. In this second edition, the authors bring the book completely up-to-date, and the book will once again prove to be a classic textbook for intermediate/advanced undergraduates and graduate students in geology, geophysics, and earth science.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By deepak on 24 Aug. 2010
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I strongly suggest this book to anyone wanting to study geophysics. The strength of the book is in its carefully, rigorously worked out mathematics that is still very easy to follow. The discussions in the chapters are short, concise and to the point.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Life in the real world... 2 Sept. 2003
By kendall lopere - Published on
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"Geodynamics" has been a classic text in the field of, well, Geodynamics since the first edition came out, and it remains a brave attempt to squeeze a large amount of detail into one volume. In many ways however, this attempt is misguided. The material suffers from overcrowding in many chapters, and different approaches are used to solve the same problem, giving wildly different answers, with no attempt made to qualify which method is accepted as the most realistic.
A fairly comprehensive set of questions are liberally sprinkled throughout each chapter, although the one-number answers at the back of the book are usually insufficient, and some brief explanation would greatly enhance user-friendliness.
The main problem I found with this textbook however, is the inability to link the numerical methods presented with real world situations. The complexities of plate deformation for example are reduced to a set of sections on beam-bending, with little or no attempt at the end to draw the lessons learnt from the exercise back into some meaningful discussion of how the earth behaves. This is a common failure of analytical approaches to Earth Science problems, that the construction of a mathematical framework becomes an end in itself, and that real data are ignored or manipulated to shoehorn them into the predictions of the model. "Geodynamics" is a good summary of the techniques used to try to understand the workings of the earth, but often leaves one with a hollow feeling that one hasn't really learned anything about the earth itself at the end of each chapter.
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One of the Outstanding Textbooks in Geophysics EVER 1 Dec. 2003
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Turcotte and Schubert updated their 1982 edition to account for new developments in geoscience, and the result is the most comprehensive textbook on geophysics for the upper level undergraduate/graduate student. It is an outstanding reference, and is clear and concise in its treatment of a variety of geophysical phenomena. Stress/Strain, Elasticity and Flexure, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Gravity, Rock Rheology, and Planetology are all treated with detail and provide the student with a tremendous introduction to geophysics. I recommend it to all geologists and geophysicists!
Got my money's worth 3 Feb. 2014
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A wealth of information and tools. It was an excellent companion to what I learned in class and still helps with many geodynamic problems.
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Unlimited power is contained within the pages of this book. 6 Feb. 2013
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This book has the secrets of harnessing, and taming the powers of the earth. Strongly recommended for those seeking wisdom.
6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is a magnificent book. I am pleased to see new edition. 5 July 2002
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I have known the first edition of this remarkable book, and am pleased to see the revised and improved version out. I hope that many Geophysicist will have a copy in their library eventually.
May I wish all Earth Scientists a nice research work.
Tuncay Taymaz
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