Kinetic theory in the earth sciences /

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Author / Creator:Lasaga, A. C. (Antonio C.)
Imprint:Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1998.
Description:x, 811 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series:Princeton series in geochemistry.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:0691037485 (cloth : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [713]-796) and index.
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Lasaga provides a comprehensive treatment of rate laws and mechanisms relevant to geochemical processes on a broad scale. Although most kinetic texts focus on chemical reactions on a bench or field scale, Lasaga addresses processes on scales ranging from single crystals to tectonic plates. The book provides an accessible, yet rigorous, treatment of the theoretical aspects of kinetics. A thorough discussion of the rate laws and mechanisms is provided in chapters 1 and 2. The next two chapters address the question of component transport; the fifth chapter incorporates irreversible thermodynamics into macroscopic kinetic theory; and the last two chapters focus on the dynamic mineral processes of nucleation, growth, and dissolution. Rigorous mathematical sections are followed by illustrative and familiar examples in earth sciences. The text is throughly referenced and a complete subject index is included. A comfortable knowledge of calculus and differential equations is assumed and, lacking this, the reader would be advised to select a more introductory work. Best suited to upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals. N. W. Hinman; University of Montana

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