© 1976

Our Fragile Water Planet

An Introduction to the Earth Sciences


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-ix
  2. C. L. Mantell, A. M. Mantell
    Pages 1-5
  3. C. L. Mantell, A. M. Mantell
    Pages 7-40
  4. C. L. Mantell, A. M. Mantell
    Pages 41-86
  5. C. L. Mantell, A. M. Mantell
    Pages 87-101
  6. C. L. Mantell, A. M. Mantell
    Pages 103-121
  7. C. L. Mantell, A. M. Mantell
    Pages 123-145
  8. C. L. Mantell, A. M. Mantell
    Pages 147-170
  9. C. L. Mantell, A. M. Mantell
    Pages 171-198
  10. C. L. Mantell, A. M. Mantell
    Pages 199-218
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 219-221

About this book


This volume is an introduction to the study of the earth sciences, a multitude of the earth's composition; geology, which embraces geochemistry, the science the science of the earth's structure; meteorology and climatology, the study of both local and planetary weather; tectonics, the fledgling science of the move­ ment of sections of the earth, of earthquakes, and of volcanoes; biology and agricultural engineering; the water cycle and reclamation; the chemistry of the atmosphere and the origin of the changes it undergoes; the seas, the oceans, or oceanography; beach movement and deserts; hydrology, the science of water from the viewpoint of the sources of energy; pressure and temperature effects; the crust or lithosphere; the hydrosphere, or water areas; the atmosphere, winds, weather, hurricanes, and cyclones, as well as the technology of tracking them; the interfaces of the sections of the planet, and the uses of the earth by its peoples. The human race has developed on the crust and at the interfaces of the land, air, and sea of an unstable planet - a dynamic geological entity whose thermal equilibrium is still millions of years away. The crust of the earth in its movement and cracking evolves earthquakes and volcanoes which are destructive of human work and limit our habitation. Over the last 1500 years, earthquakes have killed as many people as now inhabit the planet, and fifteen times the present U. S. population.


atmosphere biology climatology earthquake energy geochemistry geology geoscience hydrology lithosphere science technology tectonics weather

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.New Jersey Institute of TechnologyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Our Fragile Water Planet
  • Book Subtitle An Introduction to the Earth Sciences
  • Authors C. Mantell
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-30877-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-0756-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4684-0754-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 222
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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