Shocks and Rocks: Seismology in the Plate Tectonics Revolution
During the decade of the 1960s, science of the solid earth underwent an astonishing and awesome upheaval. In just a few years,
geoscientists constructed a new way of describing and understanding the dynamics of everchanging earth, past and present,
and so found a route to explanation for how most, if not all, of the great features of the earth's surface that have harbored
and plagued and enchanted humans throughout their existence came to be. Continents, ocean basins, mountain ranges, deep sea
trenches, earthquakes, and volcanoes suddenly became explicable as consequences of earth movements that, on a global scale,
have a remarkably simple and readily understandable pattern. The long‐sought key to the ponderous and agonizingly slow movements
of earth that, over millennia, have deftly shaped our surroundings was found during that decade, or so most scientists think
today, more than a quarter of a century later.
Citation: Oliver, J. (1996), Shocks and Rocks: Seismology in the Plate Tectonics Revolution, 139 pp., AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/SP043.