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The Rotation of the Earth: A Geophysical Discussion (Cambridge Monographs on Mechanics) [Hardcover]

Walter H. Munk , Gordon J. F. MacDonald


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November 28, 1975 0521207789 978-0521207782 Revised
This book gives an account of certain observed irregularities on the rotation of the Earth, both in its rate of rotation (giving a variable length of day) and in the position of its axis. These irregularities are caused by events on and within the Earth and provide a means of studying a number of geophysical problems. Seasonal shifts in air masses and variable winds are causes of short-period fluctuations in the rotation. Climatic changes and their attendant sea levels are in part responsible for long-term fluctuations. Modern observations of the Moon and descriptions of ancient elipses both establish a secular increase in the length of day. The interpretation involves atmospheric, oceanic and bodily tides. The book provides a unified treatment of the rotation of the Earth, making this method of studying geophysical phenomena more readily accessible to geophysicists and others.

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This book gives an account of certain observed irregularities on the rotation of the Earth, both in its rate of rotation (giving a variable length of day) and in the position of its axis. These irregularities are caused by events on and within the Earth and provide a means of studying a number of geophysical problems.

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  • Series: Cambridge Monographs on Mechanics
  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Revised edition (November 28, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521207789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521207782
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,120,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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