Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Earth Sciences & Geography - Geology | Plate Deformation from Cradle to Grave - Seismic Anisotropy and Deformation at Mid-Ocean Ridges

Plate Deformation from Cradle to Grave

Seismic Anisotropy and Deformation at Mid-Ocean Ridges and in the Lowermost Mantle

Series: Springer Theses

Nowacki, Andy

2013, XVI, 166 p. 70 illus., 61 illus. in color.

Available Formats:

Springer eBooks may be purchased by end-customers only and are sold without copy protection (DRM free). Instead, all eBooks include personalized watermarks. This means you can read the Springer eBooks across numerous devices such as Laptops, eReaders, and tablets.

You can pay for Springer eBooks with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

After the purchase you can directly download the eBook file or read it online in our Springer eBook Reader. Furthermore your eBook will be stored in your MySpringer account. So you can always re-download your eBooks.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-3-642-34842-6

digitally watermarked, no DRM

Included Format: PDF and EPUB

download immediately after purchase

learn more about Springer eBooks

add to marked items


Hardcover version

You can pay for Springer Books with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

Standard shipping is free of charge for individual customers.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-3-642-34841-9

free shipping for individuals worldwide

usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days

add to marked items

  • Outstanding doctoral thesis nominated for a Springer Theses Prize by the University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • A comprehensive explanation of seismic anisotropy in the lowermost mantle gives the reader a clear but full picture of the state of understanding of the core-mantle boundary
  • Several novel methods for the modeling and interpretation of shear wave splitting are described, giving the reader a set of tools for their own analyses
  • Over 50 high-quality figures, about half in colour, succinctly present the background knowledge in the field alongside novel results, serving as a useful leaning aid for students or teachers of seismology

The mantle’s interfaces – the core-mantle boundary and the lithosphere – may hold the key to understanding mantle motion, because of the seismic anisotropy present in these parts of the Earth.


This thesis contains a substantive introduction to the structure of the Earth, seismic anisotropy in the core-mantle boundary region and in general, and mid-ocean ridge processes. It also describes novel methods for forward modelling and interpreting shear wave splitting data. Three chapters present timely research into dynamics at divergent plate boundaries and at the core-mantle boundary.


Andy Nowacki presents a precise, but comprehensive review of the current state of the art in studying flow with anisotropy, mineral physics and geodynamics. New measurements of shear wave anisotropy in the lowermost mantle and at mid-ocean ridges are used to constrain mechanisms of creep and melt extraction in the mantle. A model of global flow is used to predict anisotropy in the deep Earth, and novel methods to forward model shear wave splitting are described. Future studies of mantle flow must incorporate the understanding gained in this thesis.


Content Level » Research

Keywords » Lowermost Mantle - Mantle Dynamics - Mid-ocean Ridges - Seismic Anisotropy - Shear Wave Splitting

Related subjects » Geology - Geophysics & Geodesy

Table of contents / Preface / Sample pages 

Popular Content within this publication 



Read this Book on Springerlink

Services for this book

New Book Alert

Get alerted on new Springer publications in the subject area of Geology.