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How the Earth Sheds its Warmth

E. C. Pielou

in The Energy of Nature

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780226668062
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226668055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.003.0015
How the Earth Sheds its Warmth

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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

Chapter.  4567 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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