Oceanic Basalts

  • P. A. Floyd

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Structure

  3. Processes

  4. Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 174-174
    2. Peter Floyd
      Pages 174-218
    3. Andrew Saunders, John Tarney
      Pages 219-263
    4. Rodey Batiza
      Pages 264-288
    5. James Natland
      Pages 289-310
    6. Cherry Walker
      Pages 311-352
  5. Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353
    2. Richard Exley
      Pages 353-362
    3. Martin Menzies
      Pages 363-385
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 386-456

About this book


Oceanic basalts are the most abundant rock type found at the earth's surface, and as such they have been the subject of considerable research, particularly since the concept of sea-floor spreading became widely accepted. This book provides a review of these rocks, first dicussing how we sample the ocean floor and what we know about the structure of the oceanic crust, followed by an overview of the various regional settings (Pacific crust, Atlantic crust, marginal basins, seamounts and islands) and finally examines the main processes (and their interactions) which prevail during the generation and emplacement of oceanic basalt magmas. This is a volume for geologists, geochemists and geophysicists and a source of reference for advanced undergraduate students and postgraduates in these disciplines.


Atlantic Ocean Pacific Ocean carbon environment evolution formation mineral mineralogy ocean petrology research seismic transport volcanism volcano

Editors and affiliations

  • P. A. Floyd
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of KeeleStaffordshireUK

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