For many students and geoscientists, the formal and abstract approach of some physics and engineering textbooks impedes their understanding of the fundamental principles of continuum and fluid mechanics and thus handicaps their understanding of geodynamics. Geodynamics texts that offer an intuitive yet richly quantitative approach to the fundamental physics, along with a broad view of a field, are disappointingly rare, but Geoff Davies' synthesis of mantle convection, Dynamic Earth: Plates, Plumes and Mantle Convection, is one and should be of value to many. It provides a thorough introduction to the physical principles of convection, extensive discussion of the observations constraining...

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