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Heat Transport and Energetics of the Earth and Rocky Planets

  • ID: 4772239
  • Book
  • 300 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Heat Transport and Energetics of the Earth and Rocky Planets providesa better understanding of the interior of the Earth by addressing the processes related to the motion of heat in large bodies. By addressing issues such as the effect of self-gravitation on the thermal state of the Earth, the effect of length-scales on heat transport, important observations of Earth, and a comparison to the behavior of other rocky bodies, readers will find clearly delineated discussions on the thermal state and evolution of the Earth. Using a combination of fundamentals, new developments and scientific and mathematical principles, the book summarizes the state-of-the-art.

This timely reference is an important resource for geophysicists, planetary scientists, geologists, geochemists, and seismologists to gain a better understanding of the interior, formation and evolution of planetary bodies.

  • Provides an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of the thermal evolution of large planetary bodies, including contributed chapters from leading experts
  • Includes relevant observations of Earth and large-scale heat transfer, a critical review of existing paradigms of the current thermal state of the Earth, and a discussion of heat flow on the other rocky planets
  • Covers macroscopic phenomena as they pertain to deciphering the thermal structure of planetary bodies
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1. Observational Constraints on Heat Transport inside Earth
2. Models for Conductive (Diffusive) Cooling on Planetary Scales
3. The Diverse Processes of Heat Transport on Planetary Scales
4. Gravitational process that do and do not create heat
5. Convection inside spherical, self-gravitating, layered bodies
6. Thermal models of the Continental Lithosphere as a floating slab
7. Thermal models of the Oceanic lithosphere as a sinking slab
8. Current Radial Thermal Structure of Earth's Interior
9. Plate tectonics
10. Thermo-chemical Evolution of the Earth
11. Observational Constraints from other Planetary Bodies
12. Terrestrial Planets other than the Earth
13. Other rocky and rock-ice bodies
14. Conclusions and Future Work
Appendix 1
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Hofmeister, Anne M.
Anne M. Hofmeister is a research professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD in geology from California Institute of Technology and has received several fellowships and awards. She has served as editor of American Mineralogist and was recently the keynote speaker at the European Conference on Mineralogy and Spectroscopy. Her research interests include heat transport, thermodynamics, interaction of light with matter, and the applications of those fields to planetary sciences, earth sciences, astronomy, and materials science. She has authored over 100 journal articles, including conference proceedings.
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