Volcanic Successions Modern and Ancient

A geological approach to processes, products and successions

  • R. A. F. Cas
  • J. V. Wright

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. R. A. F. Cas, J. V. Wright
    Pages 2-12
  3. R. A. F. Cas, J. V. Wright
    Pages 58-91
  4. R. A. F. Cas, J. V. Wright
    Pages 128-174
  5. R. A. F. Cas, J. V. Wright
    Pages 222-266
  6. R. A. F. Cas, J. V. Wright
    Pages 268-291
  7. R. A. F. Cas, J. V. Wright
    Pages 292-330
  8. R. A. F. Cas, J. V. Wright
    Pages 332-347
  9. R. A. F. Cas, J. V. Wright
    Pages 362-410
  10. R. A. F. Cas, J. V. Wright
    Pages 412-442
  11. R. A. F. Cas, J. V. Wright
    Pages 444-467
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 469-528

About this book


One of our aims in the book is to provide geologists with a sound basis for making their own well founded interpretations. For that reason we cover not only concepts about processes, and the nature of the products, but also methods and approaches that may be useful in analysing both modern and ancient successions. Most importantly, we treat the diversity of products in volcanic terrains as facies, and we use the method of facies analysis and interpretation as a means of constructing facies models for different volcanic settings. These models will, we hope, be useful as norms for comparison for workers in ancient terrains.

The idea for this book came into being between 1981 and 1982 when J. V. W. came to Monash University to take up a Monash Postdoctoral Fellowship. During this period a short course on facies analysis in modern and ancient successions was put together, integrating J.V.W.'s extensive volcanological experience in numerous modern volcanic terrains with R.A.F.C.'s extensive sedimentological and volcanological experience in older volcanic and associated sedimentary successions in the Palaeozoic and Precambrian of Australia. The enthusiastic response from the participants to the first short course, taught in May 1982, and to subsequent annual re-runs, encouraged us to develop the short course notes into this book. The idea for both the short course and the book arose because we felt that there was no single source available that comprehensively attempted to address the problems of analysing, interpreting and understanding the complexity of processes, products and stratigraphy in volcanic terrains.


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Authors and affiliations

  • R. A. F. Cas
    • 1
  • J. V. Wright
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesMonash UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.SheffieldEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-44640-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3167-1
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