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Title: Orogenesis and Isostasy PDF
Url: http://www.neckers.siu.edu/pinter/pdf/IsostasyExercise.pdf
Creator: Pinter, Nicholas
Publisher: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dept. of Geology
Description: In this exercise, students investigate the mechanism for the isostatic support of mountains. Introductory materials explain the Archimedes principle (the weight of a floating solid is supported by the weight of the fluid that it displaces) and the concept of depth of compensation (the depth within a fluid where the pressures generated by overlying material are everywhere equal), and graphically display the two hypotheses used to explain isostasy (Airy and Pratt hypotheses). They will then use these relationships to calculate heights and densities for icebergs floating in water, and use the Airy and Pratt hypotheses to calculate thickness and density of the crustal root of the Tibetan Plateau.
LC Classification: Science -- Geology -- Dynamic and structural geology -- Mountain building. Orogeny
Science -- Geology -- Study and teaching. Research
Science -- Geology -- Study and teaching. Research -- Problems, exercises, examinations
GEM Subject: Science -- Earth science
Science -- Instructional issues
Science -- Geology
Key Concept: Geology -- Mountains
Geology -- Isostasy
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
InteractiveResource (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
Lesson Plans
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Professional Formation
University First Cycle
University Postgrad
University Second Cycle
Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Subject: earth science
Physical sciences
Date Of Record Release: 2010-11-17 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2015-07-17 13:14:25 (W3C-DTF)
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