Fluid Movements — Element Transport and the Composition of the Deep Crust

  • David Bridgwater

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 281)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. B. Ronald Frost, Carol D. Frost, Jacques L. R. Touret
    Pages 1-18
  3. W. E. Glassley, F. J. Ryerson, H. Shaw, P. B. Abeysinghe
    Pages 39-49
  4. D. Rumble III, C. P. Chamberlain, P. K. Zeitler, B. Barreiro
    Pages 117-119
  5. Henning Sørensen
    Pages 121-123
  6. Minik T. Rosing
    Pages 187-202
  7. H. P. Zeck, J. Toft
    Pages 203-212
  8. J. L. Potdevin, J. M. Lardeaux, D. Coffrant
    Pages 213-230
  9. Anne-Marie Boullier, Gérard Michot, Arnaud Pecher, Odile Barres
    Pages 345-360
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 395-416

About this book


Many geologists have an equivocal attitude to fluid movements within the crust and the associated changes in the chemical and physical properties of crustal rocks. The controversies earlier this centuary between the "soaks" and the "pontiffs" memorably summarised by H. H. Read (1957) in The Granite Controversy have largely been resolved. Few would now advocate the formation of large granitic bodies by in situ transformation of pre-existing crust as the result of the passage of ichors without the formation of a granitic melt. To many geochemists fluid transport and metasomatism have become slightly suspect processes which at the most locally disturb the primary geochemical and isotopic signatures. While there is common agreement that there are marked differences in the composition of the lower and upper crust, the role of fluid movement as one of the controls of this differentiation is often neglected in favour of suggested primary differences in the composition of igneous rocks emplaced at different depths. Selective fluid transport however provides many geologists with their livelyhood. Without the secondary concentration of commercially important elements by fluids within the crust the mining industry, geological science and human activities based on their products would be very different.


chemistry formation igneous rock metamorphism mineral

Editors and affiliations

  • David Bridgwater
    • 1
  1. 1.Geological MuseumCopenhagen KDenmark

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6935-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0991-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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