Heat Flow in the Lithosphere

  • Vincenzo Pasquale
  • Massimo Verdoya
  • Paolo Chiozzi

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Vincenzo Pasquale, Massimo Verdoya, Paolo Chiozzi
    Pages 1-15
  3. Vincenzo Pasquale, Massimo Verdoya, Paolo Chiozzi
    Pages 17-51
  4. Vincenzo Pasquale, Massimo Verdoya, Paolo Chiozzi
    Pages 53-79
  5. Vincenzo Pasquale, Massimo Verdoya, Paolo Chiozzi
    Pages 81-102
  6. Vincenzo Pasquale, Massimo Verdoya, Paolo Chiozzi
    Pages 103-119
  7. Vincenzo Pasquale, Massimo Verdoya, Paolo Chiozzi
    Pages 121-136
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 137-138

About this book


This book, now in its second edition, offers a comprehensive and modern treatment on the background knowledge of heat transfer processes in the lithosphere. In the light of the success of the first edition, several chapters of the book have been revised and the book has been enriched with a new chapter on geothermal methods used for the inference of past climate changes.
The book starts with a brief review of global tectonics and of the structure of the crust and upper mantle. Then the theory of heat conduction as well as the thermal properties and the methods for the determination of thermal conductivity and radiogenic heat are introduced. Subsequently the geothermal flow and the thermal state of the lithosphere and deep interior are analyzed. The formation, upwelling mechanisms, solidification and cooling of magmas, which can be a fundamental heat source in many geothermal systems, are reviewed. Analytical methods used for gaining information on heat and groundwater flow from the analyses of temperature depth data are also covered. Data and practical examples are supplied to facilitate the understanding of the different topics.
The book is intended for Earth science graduate students and researchers.


Conductive heat Rock thermal properties Radiogenic heat Geothermal flow Lithosphere thermal state Magma formation and upwelling mechanisms Heat in the groundwater flow Climate changes Lithospehere magma and dynamics Heat conduction and thermal properties of rocks Radiogenic heat Geothermal flow Thermal structure of the lithosphere Magmatic proceses Heat in groundwater flow Climate change reconstruction and borehole T data

Authors and affiliations

  • Vincenzo Pasquale
    • 1
  • Massimo Verdoya
    • 2
  • Paolo Chiozzi
    • 3
  1. 1.DISTAV - Settore di GeofisicaUniversity of GenovaGenovaItaly
  2. 2.University of GenovaGenovaItaly
  3. 3.University of GenovaGenovaItaly

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