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The index is well done except that some items consist simply of long lists of page numbers w i t h o u t subheads to indicate the particular topics covered. The editor and publisher are to be congratulated for providing earth scientists with a book that should serve as a standard reference in geochemistry for many years to come.

Krauskopf, Stanford, Calif. Strahler, Introduction to Physical Geography.

After a relatively short time -- the first 2 editions appeared in and - a third edition of this well known t e x t b o o k for college students has now been published. The edition has been extensively revised, emphasizing the w o r l d w i d e character of atmospheric processes and the advertant and inadvertant impacts of man on his geophysical environment, air, water and minerals.

A new chapter has been devoted to the interplay of the atmosphere and the oceans. Four chapters deal with meteorology, describing the global aspects of radiation and heat balance and including such actual topics as air pollution and climate modification brought unintentionally about by man's activities. Some mention is made of the role satellites are playing in the observation and measurement of meteorological and hydrological measurements.

The reviewer would have wished, however, to find a more extensive treatment of this new tool which led to a very much better understanding of atmospheric processes and to improved knowledge of the earth resources aspects of physical geography.

Chapters 8 and 9 are new editions to the t e x t b o o k , describing the hydrologic cycle, the global water balance and problems of soil moisture, evaporation and evapotranspiration. Four chapters on climate classification and the climates of the world complete the description and explanation of our atmospheric, oceanic and hydrologic environment, which f o r m together almost half of the whole text.

The chapters on soils and on vegetation have been taken over from the earlier edition w i t h o u t appreciable changes as have the chapters on landforms and the crust of the earth.


In accordance with the intention of the author to stress in the new edition the earth resources aspects, the chapter on earth resources and mineral resources Chapter 18 has been rewritten. In general, the book impresses by its thoroughness and exactness; newest source material has been used knowingly.

The book is very well illustrated w i t h many good photos and well chosen diagrams and tables.

However, the simultaneous use of metric and " B r i t i s h " units must be very confusing to students, especially as the indication which units are used is not always clear enough and some errors in conversion occurred; rainfall is given either in " m m " or "cm", and so forth.

I would have preferred the use of metric units throughout, now accepted internationally in most branches of geophysics, and the addition of the appropriate conversion tables for those w h o still need them. Bird, The last comprehensive treatment of the regional physiography g e o m o r p h o l o g y o f Canada was in a book on North America by W.

Production of a purely Canadian book has been constrained by a limited market on one hand and an explosion of information on the other. Professor Bird is highly qualified for the task he has undertaken. The introduction by F.

Hare sets an informal tone for the book, which is intended for the curious traveller and students from high-school to university level. In the first chapter Professor Bird describes the geological history of Canada. Four more int r o d u c t o r y chapters on the history and effects of glaciation, glacial lakes, and changing sea level follow.

Seafloor spreading

The subdivision of the country into physiographic regions is then treated. Geological structure is the general basis for this subdivision, a modified form of Bostock's scheme. The Arctic Lands province is defined as the area north of the tree line and transcends contrasting geological divisions.

The last two-thirds of the volume comprises seven chapters f r o m 4 to 23 pages long, each covering a physiographic region. The length of a chapter evidently reflects the author's interests rather than the size of the area: the Appalachian--Acadian province receives 23 pages but the vast Canadian Shield has only 9 pages, though part of it reappears under Arctic Lands. No words are wasted on a concluding statement; the reader is abandoned in a landslide.

A six page index completes the volume. Three to ten recommended readings are listed at the end of each chapter.

The motivating force for seafloor spreading ridges is tectonic plate pull rather than magma pressure, although there is typically significant magma activity at spreading ridges. Hydrothermal vents are common at spreading centers.

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Older rocks will be found farther away from the spreading zone while younger rocks will be found nearer to the spreading zone. Additionally spreading rates determine if the ridge is fast, intermediate, or slow. Spreading centers end in transform faults or in overlapping spreading center offsets.

A spreading center includes a seismically active plate boundary zone a few kilometers to tens of kilometers wide, a crustal accretion zone within the boundary zone where the ocean crust is youngest, and an instantaneous plate boundary - a line within the crustal accretion zone demarcating the two separating plates.

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Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. April Learn how and when to remove this template message Plates in the crust of the earth, according to the plate tectonics theory In the general case, seafloor spreading starts as a rift in a continental land mass , similar to the Red Sea- East Africa Rift System today.

Because less dense objects rise in relation to denser objects, the area being heated becomes a broad dome see isostasy. As the crust bows upward, fractures occur that gradually grow into rifts. The typical rift system consists of three rift arms at approximately degree angles. These areas are named triple junctions and can be found in several places across the world today.

The separated margins of the continents evolve to form passive margins. Hess' theory was that new seafloor is formed when magma is forced upward toward the surface at a mid-ocean ridge. If spreading continues past the incipient stage described above, two of the rift arms will open while the third arm stops opening and becomes a 'failed rift'.

As the two active rifts continue to open, eventually the continental crust is attenuated as far as it will stretch. At this point basaltic oceanic crust begins to form between the separating continental fragments. When one of the rifts opens into the existing ocean, the rift system is flooded with seawater and becomes a new sea.

The Red Sea is an example of a new arm of the sea.

As a result, the new sea will evaporate partially or completely several times before the elevation of the rift valley has been lowered to the point that the sea becomes stable. During this period of evaporation large evaporite deposits will be made in the rift valley. Later these deposits have the potential to become hydrocarbon seals and are of particular interest to petroleum geologists.

Seafloor spreading can stop during the process, but if it continues to the point that the continent is completely severed, then a new ocean basin is created. The Red Sea has not yet completely split Arabia from Africa, but a similar feature can be found on the other side of Africa that has broken completely free. South America once fit into the area of the Niger Delta.Traditionally, the main branches of engineering are chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering, but there are many other areas of specialization.

The idea that the seafloor itself moves and also carries the continents with it as it expands from a central axis was proposed by Harry Hess from Princeton University in the s.

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The stripes on one side of the mid-ocean ridge were the mirror image of those on the other side. But perhaps it is w o r t h noting a few of the papers that impressed me as particularly good, especially for purposes of an encyclopedia: Calcium Carbonate: Geochemistry R.

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