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ZOOM   Plate Tectonics
and How the Earth Works
$39.95   (Win98/2K/Me/XP/Mac) (Retail) (PLATETECDR)

TASA Graphic Arts, Inc.

Reference / Science

Graduate Level

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.

Contents:

Plate Tectonics:
General Features · Structure of the Earth · Subduction Zones · The Wilson Cycle · Magnetic Anomalies on the Seafloor · Apparent Polar Wander Paths · Hotspots · Organic Evolution and Plate Tectonics · The History of Pangea · Interactive Earth Systems · Review

The Earth's Crust:
Crustal Types · Heat Flow · Exhumation and Cratonization · Rheology of the Continental Crust · Measured Seismic Wave Velocities in Rocks · Sampling of the Lower Continental Crust · Chemical Composition of the Crust · Terranes and Crustal Provinces · Review

Tectonic Settings:
Introduction · Ophiolites · Mantle-Plume-Related Tectonic Settings · Cratons and Passive Margins · Continental Rifts · Convergent Margins · Orogens · Anorogenic Granites · Archean Greenstones · Mineral Deposits · Energy Deposits · Review

The Earth's Mantle and Core:
Seismic Structure of the Mantle · Geoid Anomalies · Composition of the Mantle · The Lithosphere · The Deep Mantle · Mantle Plumes · Upwellings, Hotspots, and Supercontinents · Mantle Geochemical Components · Mantle Convection · The Core · Review

Requirements:

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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