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Philip Kearey , Keith A. Klepeis , Frederick J. Vine
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13 Feb 2009 1405107774 978-1405107778 3rd Edition
The third edition of this widely acclaimed textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of global tectonics, and includes major revisions to reflect the most significant recent advances in the field. A fully revised third edition of this highly acclaimed text written by eminent authors including one of the pioneers of plate tectonic theory Major revisions to this new edition reflect the most significant recent advances in the field, including new and expanded chapters on Precambrian tectonics and the supercontinent cycle and the implications of plate tectonics for environmental change Combines a historical approach with process science to provide a careful balance between geological and geophysical material in both continental and oceanic regimes Dedicated website available at

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3rd Edition edition (13 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405107774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405107778
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Many readers will be familiar with this excellent textbook . . . The subject coverage is more comprehensive than in previous editions with many of the processes and concepts being illustrated with case studies drawn from the recent literature. " (Mar Geophys Res, 2009) "A massive list of mostly critical references cites the most important works the world over." (CHOICE , November 2009)"An excellent in‑depth overview on one of the most revo­lutionary topics in the earth sciences. … Not only clear and comprehensive, but also pleasant to read. It is a highly recommended must‑have on the bookshelves of earth scien­tists for some time to come." ( Geologos , December 2009) " Global Tectonics will find its place in all well equipped libraries and a personal copy will be of use for any geoscientist who needs a comprehensive overview." ( Surveys in Geophysics , September 2009) "This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the field of global tectonics. Because the field has changed significantly since the last edition was published, the majority of text and figures in the third edition are new." ( Book News , September 2009)

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The third edition of this widely acclaimed textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of global tectonics. Revisions to this new edition reflect the most significant recent advances in the field, providing a thorough, accessible, and up–to–date text. Combining a historical approach with process science, Global Tectonics provides a careful balance between geological and geophysical material in both continental and oceanic regimes. New and expanded chapters in this third edition include Precambrian tectonics and the supercontinent cycle; mantle processes, including mantle plumes; the implications of plate tectonics for environmental change; large igneous provinces; rifted continental margins; ocean ridges; continental transforms; subduction zones; and numerous orogenic examples. Written in an engaging style, this important text is an essential reference for undergraduates and graduate students who have a basic introduction in the geosciences.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Seems somewhat dated in 2001. Hard to read. 22 Nov 2001
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This is one book given in a long preparatory reading list provided by the Open University for a course on "The Earth's Interior".
This is the 5th of the list which I have read. It has been the least readable. It muddles cause and effect. It jumps between sections of a subject without good signposting. It states categorically that full information can be found about a subject in a twenty-year-old paper. It often makes annoying statements that the research results affect geological processes, when it should say that the research affects the interpretation of geological processes.
There are a few topics in this book in which the explanations are better than in other books of similar topics.
It has been a most disappointing read, when I had expected that it would have been much more enlightening and clearer.
It is described as a "second edition", but is not as up-to-date as would be expected for a subject area in which there has been so much recent progress.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Read That Blew My Mind 19 Jan 2014
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This is a review of the second edition.

Although I too picked this up because it was listed in an Open University course as a good read, I read it for fun. I thought I understood plate tectonics but this book really opened my eyes. There is a lot more going on under my feet than I realised!

The book does come across as a bit "jumpy". It describes the history of geological thinking about a particular puzzle and so takes the reader from "wrong" answers to "right" ones backed up with lots of diagrams illustrating lots of ideas and possibilities (e.g. 12 types of transform faults in one diagram). Some of the writing was hard reading and even though the diagrams look great they took some thought.

I suspect that this book merits deeper study than I gave it. I also think its disjointed nature reflects the enormous complexity of the topic. I came away with the impression that it is very hard to generalise. Every plate boundary is different - because of their history, size and age (how do you compare the Himalayas with the Caribbean?). Maybe that's the wrong lesson but it was mine.

If you are looking for a fun read about geology, this isn't it. If you want to chew through a lot of ideas, this might be for you.
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By Syemon
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Good book for 1st, 2nd and even 3rd year geoscience undergrads. Well worth investing in a copy, also very well referenced within the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference Book 22 Sep 2011
By Ankan Basu - Published on
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The Book may be old, but it is not worthless as per some other reviews here. The book covers the basics pretty well and thats what most of the geo students need. Sure, there may be other books with better pictures, but the concepts that you need for tectonics is sufficiently present in this book.

I passed out of college about 10 years back. Read the same book then. Glad to find it on Amazon. I own the book now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars i can actually say i enjoyed reading this textbook 1 Jun 2013
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if you're in a plate tectonics course, i hope your prof requires this particular textbook because though chapters can be long, it's easy to read, understandable, and actually interesting. more qualitative than quantitative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent updated Book 27 Nov 2013
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It is an excellent book that puts together major up-to-date, or updated tectonic concepts in simple, clear, and understandable language.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Sep 2014
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Good book, very useful
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3.0 out of 5 stars No slab pull 13 Feb 2011
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I wouldn't recommend this book for someone trying to get a solid foundation in the current state of the field of plate tectonics for several reasons. The writing style of the book can only be described as stodgy and stiff, lacking in verve or color. This is not John McPhee. The book seems a bit out-of-date when you look at the dates of recent references. Very few from the last five years, though it has a copyright date of 2009. The authors seem to like jargon and do not like concise clear phrases. Also, the illustrations seem amateurish, and old-fashioned, often too small for the amount of information in them. It's not a bad book, but much of it was over my head.
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