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Price: $154.00

Format:
Hardback 432 pp.
248 illus., 156 mm x 234 mm

ISBN-10:
0195044762

ISBN-13:
9780195044768

Publication date:
January 1993

Imprint: OUP US

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Geochemical Self-Organization

Peter J. Ortoleva

Series : Oxford Monographs on Geology and Geophysics, 23

This monograph offers an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of geological systems which become spatially organized through the mediation of chemical processes. The treatment is based on a mathematical approach. The intended readership includes researchers and advanced undergraduate and graduate students in all branches of geology as well as scientists and mathematicians concerned with nonlinear dynamics, numerical analysis, self-organization, nonlinear waves and dynamics, and phase transition phenomena. The work could also serve as a basis for a special topics course in mathematics, chemistry or physics.

Readership : Advanced undergraduates and graduate students and researchers in geology

Reviews

  • "This book provides an exciting approach to the understanding of many geochemical phenomena, in that it challenges many commonly held beliefs concerning our knowledge and application of equilibrium thermodynamics in geochemical processes ... The book is not written in an intimidatory or dismissive style ... [the author] presents conventional concepts at the start of each chapter, followed by his concepts or subtly presents alternative models without being entirely dismissive of the conventional ones." -- Pure and Applied Geophysics
  • "Chaos is one form of non-linear behaviour that is beginning to make it presence felt in the geological literature. However, this book is about self-organization--non-linear behaviour that may be just as disturbing to traditional views about how geological objects acquire their shapes and compositions .... This is an interesting and unconventional contribution. Sections could be read with profit particularly by sedimentologists, structural geologists, metamorphic petrologists and geochemists of all stamps. I would recommend that a copy reside in your institutional library." --Journal of Petrology
  • "Chaos is one form of non-linear behaviour that is beginning to make it presence felt in the geological literature. However, this book is about self-organization--non-linear behaviour that may be just as disturbing to traditional views about how geological objects acquire their shapes and compositions .... This is an interesting and unconventional contribution. Sections could be read with profit particularly by sedimentologists, structural geologists, metamorphic petrologists and geochemists of all stamps. I would recommend that a copy reside in your institutional library." --J.D. Clemens, Journal of Petrology

1. Introduction
2. Feedback, Instability, and Bifurcation
3. Oscillatory Zoning in Crystals
4. Reaction-Transport Modeling
5. Flow-Driven Reaction Fronts
6. Dissipative Structures at Reaction Fronts
7. Reaction-Front Morphology
8. Liesegang Banding
9. Unstable Coarsening Fronts and Precipitate Patterning
10. Mechanochemical Coupling
11. Metamorphic Differentiation
12. Diagenetic Differentiated Mechanochemical Structures
13. Geodes, Concretiobs, Agates, and Orbicules
14. Reaction-Driven Advection
15. Compartmentation of a Sedimentary Basin
16. Oscillatory Fluid Flow through the Fracturing and Healing Cycle

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