Geochemical Self-Organization

Hardcover | January 1, 1993

byPeter J. Ortoleva

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This monograph offers an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of geological systems which become spatially organized through the mediation of chemical processes. The treatment is based on a mathematical approach. The intended readership includes researchers and advanced undergraduateand graduate students in all branches of geology as well as scientists and mathematicians concerned with nonlinear dynamics, numerical analysis, self-organization, nonlinear waves and dynamics, and phase transition phenomena. The work could also serve as a basis for a special topics course inmathematics, chemistry or physics.

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This monograph offers an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of geological systems which become spatially organized through the mediation of chemical processes. The treatment is based on a mathematical approach. The intended readership includes researchers and advanced undergraduateand graduate students in all branches of geol...

Peter J. Ortoleva is at Indiana University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pagesPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195044762

ISBN - 13:9780195044768

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Feedback, Instability, and Bifurcation3. Oscillatory Zoning in Crystals4. Reaction-Transport Modeling5. Flow-Driven Reaction Fronts6. Dissipative Structures at Reaction Fronts7. Reaction-Front Morphology8. Liesegang Banding9. Unstable Coarsening Fronts and Precipitate Patterning10. Mechanochemical Coupling11. Metamorphic Differentiation12. Diagenetic Differentiated Mechanochemical Structures13. Geodes, Concretiobs, Agates, and Orbicules14. Reaction-Driven Advection15. Compartmentation of a Sedimentary Basin16. Oscillatory Fluid Flow through the Fracturing and Healing Cycle

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"Chaos is one form of non-linear behaviour that is beginning to make it presence felt in the geological literature. However, this book is about self-organization--non-linear behaviour that may be just as disturbing to traditional views about how geological objects acquire their shapes andcompositions .... This is an interesting and unconventional contribution. Sections could be read with profit particularly by sedimentologists, structural geologists, metamorphic petrologists and geochemists of all stamps. I would recommend that a copy reside in your institutional library." --J.D.Clemens, Journal of Petrology