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Written by Kent C. Condie, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
This interactive program is designed to aid advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the geological sciences in visualizing and learning about processes within the Earth and how these processes are related to plate tectonics. Using animations, interactive diagrams, and color photos, new and exciting developments are reviewed relating to plate reconstructions in the past, hotspots, mantle plumes, seismic discontinuties in the mantle, and supercontinent cycles. Also included is a graphic portrayal of the physical and chemical properties of the crust (both oceanic and continental), mantle, and core, as well as recent ideas as to how Earth systems interact with each other. In addition, the student can examine each of the major tectonic settings on Earth as well as track these settings into the past, some as far back as 4 Ga.
Review questions at the end of each section are designed to help students identify important ideas and concepts, as well as pin-point factual material. Although the CD-ROM is specifically designed for advanced earth science students, a glossary is given to aid beginning students, teachers, and other non-geoscientists in experiencing some of the excitement in Plate Tectonics and How the Earth Works.
The Earth's Crust:
The Earth's Mantle and Core:
Windows 98/2K/Me/XP: IBM compatible 486 or better, SVGA (256 colors in 640x480), double speed CD-ROM drive, 4MB RAM (8MB or more suggested).
Macintosh: Macintosh with 256 color graphics, 13" or larger display (640x480 or higher), double speed CD-ROM drive, 5MB of free RAM memory, System 7 or newer.
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