Glacial Isostasy, Sea-Level and Mantle Rheology

  • R. Sabadini
  • K. Lambeck
  • E. Boschi

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 334)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Post-Glacial Rebound

  3. Glaciology and Climatology

  4. Sea-Level Fluctuations

  5. Mantle Rheology

    1. Michele Caputo
      Pages 301-320
  6. Mantle and Lithospheric Dynamics

    1. Don L. Anderson
      Pages 379-401
    2. Alessandro M. Forte, W. Richard Peltier
      Pages 425-444
    3. Richard J. O’Connell, Carl W. Gable, Bradford H. Hager
      Pages 535-551
    4. N. J. Vlaar, A. P. Van Den Berg
      Pages 637-662
    5. David A. Yuen, A. M. Leitch, Ulrich Hansen
      Pages 663-701
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 703-708

About this book


by K. Lambeck, R. Sabadini and E. B08Chi Viscosity is one of the important material properties of the Earth, controlling tectonic and dynamic processes such as mantle convection, isostasy, and glacial rebound. Yet it remains a poorly resolved parameter and basic questions such as whether the planet's response to loading is linear or non-linear, or what are its depth and lateral variations remain uncertain. Part of the answer to such questions lies in laboratory observations of the rheology of terrestrial materials. But the extrapolation of such measurements from the laboratory environment to the geological environment is a hazardous and vexing undertaking, for neither the time scales nor the strain rates characterizing the geological processes can be reproduced in the laboratory. General rules for this extrapolation are that if deformation is observed in the laboratory at a particular temperature, deformation in geological environments will occur at a much reduced temperature, and that if at laboratory strain rates a particular deformation mechanism dominates over all others, the relative importance of possible mechanisms may be quite different at the geologically encountered strain rates. Hence experimental results are little more than guidelines as to how the Earth may respond to forces on long time scales.


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Editors and affiliations

  • R. Sabadini
    • 1
  • K. Lambeck
    • 2
  • E. Boschi
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica, Settore di GeofisicaUniversità degli Studi di BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Research School of Earth SciencesThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.Istituto Nazionale di GeofisicaRomaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5492-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3374-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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