The Mystery of Earth's Mantle

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The Mystery of Earth's Mantle

Table of contents :
Front Cover
Title Page
CONTENTS
Riddles and More Riddles
An Argument
In the Fiery Font
The End o f Gondwana Land
Rock Rhythms
Laws or Riddles?
The Black Arteries of the Depths
What the Neoneptunists Say
“We Must Not Waitfo r Favours...."
Flow of Information
A Signal into the Unknown
Key to the Gravity Code
Heat and Cold
You Will Not Find This in Any Textbook
Stray Currents
Halt! Radioactivity!
First Results
From Outer Space into the Depths o f the Earth
In Search of the Unknown
Failures at First
Geography o f the Unknown
The First Stone Tells Its Story
The Stone from the Kola Speaks
The Story o f the Third and Fourth Stones
A Message from the Fifth Stone
Courtiers of the “Queen of the Depths"
An Artificial Mantle
And Here,Too, Synthesis
The World of Unsolved Riddles
Following in the Footsteps of the Classics
If the Magmatists Are Right.
Hardness Also Has Its Limit
“There’s No Magma Under the Crust!”
Beyond the Moho Discontinuity
But Who Is Right?
Back Cover

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A. Malakhov

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THE MYSTERY OF THE EARTH'S MANTLE Translated from the Russian

by DAVID SOBOLEV

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Moscow-

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What is the inside of the Earth like; what mysteries does its mantle conceal? What will the sensitive feelers of superdeep holes encounter there—boiling liquid magma or superhard matter, unimaginably high temperatures or cold approa­ ching absolute zero? Science cannot as yet give the exact answers to these questions, though myriads of different hypotheses have been put forth. This book tells haw scientists are 'erreting out the secrets of the deeper zones of the Earth; its subject is the romance of the searches and tenacious investigations carried out by geologists who have devoted themselves to the study of the depths of our planet.

CONTENTS

Riddles and More Riddles An A rgu m en t.................................. In the Fiery F o n t ............................ The End of Gondwana L a n d ................ Rock R h y th m s ................................ Laws or R id d le s ? ............................. The Black Arteries of the D e p t h s .......... What the Neoneptunists S a y ............... “ We Must Not Wait for Favours...”...........

9 12 25 35 43 52 60 68

Flow of Information A Signal into the U n kn ow n .................. Key to the Gravity C o d e .................... Heat and C o l d ................................. You W ill Not Find This in Any Textbook Stray C u rren ts............................... Hall! R adioactivity!.......................... First R e s u lts ................................... From Outer Space into the Depths of the E a r t h ....................................

79 100 112 119 120 134 143 145

[n Search of the Unknown Failures at F i r s t ............................... Geography of the U nknow n................... The First Stone Tells Its S t o r y ............ The Stone from the Kola S p ea k s............ The Story of the Third and Fourth Stones . A Message from the Fifth S t o n e ............ Courtiers of the “ Queen of the Depths” . . . An Artificial M a n tle.......................... And Here, T