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The Energy of Nature$
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E. C. Pielou

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226668062

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.001.0001

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How the Earth Sheds its Warmth

How the Earth Sheds its Warmth

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(p.157) 15 How the Earth Sheds its Warmth
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The Energy of Nature
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E. C. Pielou

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.003.0015

The earth is constantly losing its thermal energy by all three of the mechanisms that transport heat from one place to another: conduction, convection, and radiation. Heat is conducted through the solid material — the inner core and the lithosphere (including the crust). It is carried upward in convection currents in the outer core, the mantle, the oceans, and the atmosphere, and it is radiated away into space. This chapter discusses earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building.

Keywords:   heat, thermal energy, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building

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