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To my professor Alan Ludman, a great geologist who taught me how to "read the rocks."

Plate Tectonics

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Tomecek, Steve. Plate tectonics / Steve Tomecek.

p. cm. — (Science foundations) Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-1-60413-014-0 (hardcover : acid-free paper) 1. Plate tectonics—Popular works. I. Title. II. Series. QE511.4.T66 2009 551.1'36—dc22 2008006054

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