Earth as an Evolving Planetary System,
Edition 4
By Kent C. Condie

Publication Date: 23 Sep 2021
Earth as an Evolving Planetary System, Fourth Edition discusses key topics dealing with the evolution and interaction through time of Earth’s crust, mantle, core, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. It addresses the questions of why Earth is unique among planets of the solar system, and how the various subsystems in the planet have interacted over 4.6 billion years in the habitable planet that we live on. This new edition includes over 100 new pages of material, data, and images and is a key reference for students and researchers in Earth and planetary sciences. Earth as an Evolving Planetary System, Fourth Edition includes new material that has become available since the third edition, including new sections on the Mid-lithosphere discontinuity, geoneutrinos, mantle oxidation, continental emergence, Earth cycles (new chapter) and recycling processes, the evolution of Earth from a stagnant lid to a plate tectonic regime, the controversy over how the continents have grown, when plate tectonics began, and exoplanets.

Key Features

  • Presents comprehensive coverage of the Earth’s interacting systems through time
  • Compares and contrasts Earth to other terrestrial planets with very different histories
  • Includes a new and exciting chapter on Earth’s cycles and their possible origins
About the author
By Kent C. Condie, Professor of Geochemistry, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM, USA
Table of Contents
1. Earth as a Planetary System
2. The Crust
3. Tectonic Environments of Crust Formation
4. Orogens and Orogenic Crust
5. The Mantle
6. The Core
7. Crustal and Mantle Evolution
8. The Supercontinent Cycle
9. Atmosphere/Hydrosphere
10. The Biosphere
11. Comparative planetary evolution
Book details
ISBN: 9780128199145
Page Count: 406
Illustrations : 290 illustrations (110 in full color)
Retail Price : £115.00
9780444594259; 9780444639011; 9780124078208
It targets upper division undergraduates and graduate students in all specialties in Earth and planetary sciences.