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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences


Publication details for Prof Roger Clive Searle

Searle, R (2013). Mid-Ocean Ridges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Author(s) from Durham


This coursebook presents a multi-disciplinary approach to the science of mid-ocean ridges – essential for a complete understanding of global tectonics and geodynamics. Designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, it will also provide a valuable reference for professionals in relevant fields. Background chapters provide a historical introduction
and an overview of research techniques, and following chapters cover the structure of the lithosphere and crust, and volcanic, tectonic and hydrothermal processes. A summary and synthesis chapter recaps essential points to consolidate new learning. Accessible to students and professionals working in marine geology, plate tectonics, geophysics, geodynamics, volcanism and oceanography, this is the ideal introduction to a key global phenomenon.
 Supports students and professionals new to technical aspects or geographic areas with a full glossary and extensive directory of feature names.
 Avoids jargon and fully introduces and defines technical concepts and terms.
 Richly illustrated, including colour figures and comprehensive data tables.
 Extensive references provide detailed starting points for further study, and a valuable resource for professional researchers from many different fields.