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Origin of Igneous Rocks

The Isotopic Evidence

  • Each chapter concludes with a summary in relation to global tectonic processes

  • Contains detailed subject index, author index, geological timescale and large number of current references

  • More than 400 original drawings


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Gunter Faure
    Pages 31-101
  3. Gunter Faure
    Pages 103-156
  4. Gunter Faure
    Pages 189-279
  5. Gunter Faure
    Pages 281-350
  6. Gunter Faure
    Pages 351-378
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 401-496

About this book


his book is intended for graduate students of the Earth Sciences who require a T comprehensive examination of the origins of igneous rocks as recorded by the isotope compositions of the strontium, neodymium, lead, and oxygen they contain. Students who have not had a formal course in the systematics of radiogenic isotopes can acquire a basic understanding of this subject by a careful study of Chap. 1. Addi­ tional information is readily available in a textbook by Faure (1986). The primary purpose of this book is to demonstrate how the isotope composition of Sr, Nd, Pb, and 0 in igneous rocks has been used to shed light on the origin of igneous rocks and hence on the activity of the mantle and on its interactions with the continental and oceanic crust. The presentations are based on the premise that igneous and metamorphic rocks form as a direct consequence of the dynamic processes of the mantle and of the re­ sulting interactions between the mantle and the crust. Accordingly, Chap. 2 to 6 ex­ amine specific types of igneous rocks that form in particular tectonic settings. Each of these chapters starts with questions about the properties of the mantle and crust, and about the relation between the tectonic setting and the rock-forming processes that take place in that setting.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Geological Sciences, 329 Mendenhall LabOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Origin of Igneous Rocks
  • Book Subtitle The Isotopic Evidence
  • Authors Gunter Faure
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-67772-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-08728-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-04474-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 496
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mineralogy
    Mineral Resources
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