Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the second edition of Turcotte & Schubert’s classic Geodynamics is that it is now published by Cambridge University Press in a much more generally affordable softback format compared to its hardback Wiley predecessor. Turcotte & Schubert’s preface states that little revision of the first edition was necessary because fundamental physical processes do not change. But the fact is that such was the breadth of the first edition that, some twenty years on, the authors have needed only to introduce fairly minor changes. Thus, the second edition now includes much more material on planetary morphology,...

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