Evolution of Archean Crust and Early Life

  • Yildirim Dilek
  • Harald Furnes

Part of the Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences book series (MASE, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Harald Furnes, Maarten de Wit, Yildirim Dilek
    Pages 1-22
  3. Paul A. Mueller, David W. Mogk, Darrell J. Henry, Joseph L. Wooden, David A. Foster
    Pages 23-54
  4. Pentti Hölttä, Esa Heilimo, Hannu Huhma, Asko Kontinen, Satu Mertanen, Perttu Mikkola et al.
    Pages 55-102
  5. J. William Schopf, Anatoliy B. Kudryavtsev
    Pages 333-349
  6. Karen H. Johannesson, Katherine Telfeyan, Darren A. Chevis, Brad E. Rosenheim, Matthew I. Leybourne
    Pages 385-411
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 413-418

About this book


This book presents an integrated approach to the study of the evolution of the Archean lithosphere, biosphere and atmosphere, and as such it is a unique contribution to our understanding of the early Earth and life. The structural and geochemical make-up of both the oceanic and continental crust of the Archean Earth is documented in some case studies of various cratons, and the implications of the Phanerozoic plate and plume tectonic processes for the Archean geology are discussed in several chapters in the book. All chapters are process-oriented and data-rich, and reflect the most recent knowledge and information on the Archean Earth. The interdisciplinary approach of examining the evolution of the Archean crust, oceans, and life that we adopt in this book sets it apart from previous publications on Precambrian geology.

The book will be attractive to researchers in academia and in industry, and to senior undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in earth and natural sciences.


Archean crust Archean ocean and atmosphere Crustal evolution Early life and biosphere Plate tectonics in early Earth

Editors and affiliations

  • Yildirim Dilek
    • 1
  • Harald Furnes
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Geology & Environmental Earth ScienceMiami UniversityOxfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth Science & Centre for GeobiologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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