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  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (20 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521893070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521893077
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 4.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… the second edition is significantly improved and augmented … More than ever this book stands out as both an excellent introduction for geophysics undergraduates and a valuable reference text for researchers …'. Astronomy & Geophysics

'This fine new geophysics textbook will now be added to the top of my list of recommendations, as it promises to be excellent both for teachers and for those seeking a review of these processes from a geophysical point of view.' Nature

' … a superb, clearly laid out text. It covers a broad range of applied geophysics, from bulk Earth structure to the calculation of thermal histories in sedimentary basins.' New Scientist

'… deserves to be acclaimed. It is a carefully balanced introduction to the physics of the Earth, and is likely to become quickly the textbook used in most classrooms. The main asset of this book is the good balance between geological applications and geophysical methods.' Geophysics

'In summary, this book is an excellent text for a general introductory geophysics class focused on applications to the Earth rather than a rigorous presentation of techniques. I have enjoyed using this book in my beginning physics course with graduate and senior undergraduate students. It is also a useful reference book to have on the shelf.' EOS

'… a first-rate, comprehensive text for teaching an audience of earth science students about the multidisciplinary approach that plate tectonics now demands.' Episodes

'This is a book to be recommended to anyone, geophysicist, earth scientist, geologist, physicist or mathematician, interested in understanding the workings of the planet we know most about.' Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors

'This is an excellent textbook and it is a must for anyone seriously wanting to study geophysics … Even for those who just enjoy geophysics it is a great reference and the glossary is invaluable.' Open University Geological Society

'The book provides an exciting review of a decade of advances and improved comprehension of the interior working of the Earth. It is truly a wonderful text and a source of reference fro many facts in the field of geoscience.' Environmental Geology

'To summarise, Mary Fowler's book is an outstanding work that I strongly recommend to each library and that I advise each geology student to read. As picturesque, informative and scientifically satisfying as the earlier version of the book … .' Journal of Sedimentary Research

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The Solid Earth is a general introduction to the physics of the Earth's surface and its deep interior. This new edition of Mary Fowler's acclaimed textbook has been fully revised to reflect the latest advances in geophysical research. Solutions to the numerous exercises are available from www.cambridge.org/9780521893077.

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It is not surprising that no one text book on a subject covers everything in an excellent capacity. Different books have their strengths and weaknesses. To ameliorate the problem its advisable to have a select few great books. In geophysics this book should be a must in that special collection of yours. Some things in this book are very well covered, but some not so much. But if you are serious about geophysics, this book will definitely help you in many occasions.
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I bought this book for my son's studies and he is very pleased with it. Whilst geophysics hasn't been his favourite module on his course he said this book made it a lot easier to study and grasp.
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HASH(0x9112b048) out of 5 stars Helpful for early undergraduates 28 Mar. 2008
By Heather J. Hooper - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a required textbook for one of my first undergraduate courses in geophysics, and it was incredibly exciting to read. It brought a lot of things together for me, so that I finally understood the linkages between all the things we were learning about. A classic in the field. Most of my PhD colleagues have this on their shelf and refer to it with affection.
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HASH(0x9125c840) out of 5 stars Major points in favor of the recommended textbook 15 Feb. 2005
By Ali Osman Oncel - Published on Amazon.com
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* It includes the recent progress of Solid Earth as huge volume of geophysical book (685 pages) and detail discussion under 12 Chapters of Solid Earth and Global Geophysics as:

1. Introduction, pp. 1-3

2. Tectonics on a sphere: the geometry of plate tectonics, pp. 5-40.

3. Past plate motions, pp.43-94.

4. Seismology Measuring the interior, pp. 100-186.

5. Gravity, pp.193-230

6. Geochronology, pp. 193-230.

7. Heat, pp. 269-323.

8. The deep interior of the Earth, pp. 326-381.

9. The oceanic lithosphere: ridges, transforms, trenches and oceanic islands, pp. 391-493.

10. The continental lithosphere, pp. 509-602.

11. Appendixes on used mathematics , units and functions, pp.615-654

12. Glossary, pp.655-666.

* Following the detail discussion from the point of mathematical derivation and attractively illustrated pictures on given above issues, solutions are given for pedagogical problems following each subsection. For example, two problem solutions under the Chapter 2 are given for calculation of relative motion at a plate boundary (see page 21) and calculating rotational vector (see Page 24). After the well-defined problems and provided easy-going solutions, finally 11 more questions are provided at the end of Chapter 1 (see pp.37). At the end of Chapter 1, 43 references are listed just for related issues of Plate Tectonics. The reference list includes a selection not from best-known Journals (e.g., Science and Nature) but also publications from past (1971) to present (2004). From the illustrated part of proposing book, it is a good evidence for what the suggested book is both friendly interactive and pedagogically well illustrated.

* The textbook is being used in number of Universities in courses to teach Solid Earth. Among those universities through the world are the following:

* Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California-USA

* Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, CANADA.

* Department of Geological Sciences, Queen's University at Kingston, ENGLAND

* Department of Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury, NEW ZELAND.
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HASH(0x91293f48) out of 5 stars A bit dry and not that useful for my class. 18 Jun. 2013
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This book was a bit dry and not that useful for my class, but had many chapters with interesting side notes and overall was an interesting read. The diagrams are helpful, although I wish that it was a bit more high level. Great for basic geophysics, but Turcotte and Schubert is much better overall as a class textbook, reference, and introduction probably despite its sometime lack of exposition on certain subjects.
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very good
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