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Geodynamics of the Lithosphere An Introduction by Kurt Stuwe

Geodynamics of the Lithosphere An Introduction


Geodynamics of the Lithosphere An Introduction by Kurt Stuwe

This second edition of the important introductory text for earth scientists has been thoroughly revised and extended. It is required reading for all those interested in learning about the quantitative description of geological problems. It contains chapters on heat flow, sedimentary basin modeling, the mechanics of continental deformation, PT path modeling, geomorphology, mass transfer and more. The book is aimed at the field oriented geologist who wants to begin by learning about the quantitative description of problems. The new edition features yet more illustrations and maps as well as almost 100 corrections of scientific problems.


From the reviews:

The book is a reflection of the author's amazing grasp of various facets of geodynamic processes, technically a difficult subject to communicate - discussed in most lucid terms. This book differs from its predecessor Geodynamics by Turcotte and Schubert, a classic textbook in its own right, in that the target audience purportedly is the field geologists. The new book also differs in its emphasis on orogenesis, metamorphism, heat transport, crustal thickening and geomorphology, probably an indication of the author's own predilections as a geologist. The high point of the book is its treatment of mathematics and the way in which it is made accessible to field-oriented geologists. .. Here is a book that is highly eligible to be included in the geology graduate studies under our universities. I also encourage our geologists to read this educative book, indeed a valuable addition to the expanding information base on quantitative geodynamics.

C. P. RAJENDRAN, Current Science Dec. 2003

This book by Kurt Stuwe is a great and interesting introduction to quantitative physical geology ... . I liked the problems at the end of each chapter. ... The author does a great job of cross-referencing chapters and sections of the book. ... this book would be a great place to start learning. I believe that anyone with a solid math and physical science background and an interest in quantitative geology would enjoy this book ... . (Joe Ho, SIAM Review, Vol. 47 (4), 2005)

The numerous black and white figures ... are clearly drafted and on the whole succeed in conveying often quite complex concepts and relationships within a well structured text with carefully set out equations. ... the reader is rewarded with a deeper understanding of the matters in hand and an introduction to the literature ... . Each chapter ends with a series of concise problems with elegant solutions ... . provides important data, an excellent conversion table and a comprehensive list of relevant web sites. (David Nowell, Geoscientist, Vol. 14 (1), 2004)

This is a rather admirable book. ... It is all done very well ... . The author is good at explaining why equations have the form they do, and what the different terms within them mean. Anyone who can really follow and master this book in detail will be a very good all-round quantitative geologist indeed. ... This book will be an excellent starting point and introduction to many topics in geodynamics. ... The book is short, concisely explained, and well-produced. (James Jackson, Geological Magazine, Vol. 140 (2), 2003)

This monograph ... deals in a pretty comprehensive way with the physical and mathematical modeling of the lithosphere of the earth, thus representing a textbook and reference at the same time. ... Altogether the author succeeded in writing an excellent book ... . warmly recommended to geologists or geophysicists ... . Moreover, it can be of immediate use to engineers involved in the construction of streets, bridges, buildings, tunnels, or mining facilities closely related to the properties of the earth's mantle ... . (H Lippmann, Applied Mechanics Reviews, Vol. 56 (3), 2003)

This is a very different book ... . Stuwe approaches the subject from a more geological direction ... . In my opinion, his efforts are rewarded with a text that I think will stand the test of time ... . Stuwe's book offers an alternative route into topics that can seem daunting because of the attached mathematics. ... It certainly is a book that I will keep to hand as a useful reference ... . (G. A. Houseman, The Australian Geologist, Issue 126, 2003)

The book intents to bridge the gap between mathematics and the modelling of geodynamic processes. Its purpose is to introduce the field geologists, be it a structural geologist or petrologist, with `the beauty and simplicity of descriptions with equations'. ... The book is very well written and clearly illustrated. The author assures that little mathematical knowledge is required. (Prof. Dr. Manuel Sintubin, Geologica Belgica, Vol. 5 (1-2), 2002)

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Publication date

5th December 2014


Kurt Stuwe

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Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K an imprint of Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG


493 pages


Geology & the lithosphere
Thermodynamics & heat
Numerical analysis



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