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Wolf Berger and David Lindberg

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247789

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247789.001.0001

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Mountains, Trenches, Sunken Islands

Mountains, Trenches, Sunken Islands

The Great Revolution in Earth Science

(p.341) Twelve Mountains, Trenches, Sunken Islands

Wolf H. Berger

University of California Press

This chapter explains the concepts of continental drift, seafloor spreading, plate tectonics, and mantle convection to address the origin of the most striking features of the Earth’s surface. These include land areas and ocean regions, mountain ranges such as volcanic and nonvolcanic mountains, deep trenches, and sunken islands in the Pacific region.

Keywords:   continental drift, seafloor spreading, plate tectonics, mantle convection, mountain ranges, trenches, sunken islands

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