Search for the Formation Mechanism of Continental Crust

  • Takeru Yanagi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences book series (LNEARTH, volume 136)


Once the first stage of separation of continental crust from the mantle was confirmed to be generation of basaltic magma in the mantle, the difficulty was to transform this magma into the granitic upper continental crust. To overcome this difficulty in a non-conventional manner, three new constraints needed to be established, as follows.


Partial Melting Continental Crust Fractional Crystallization Basaltic Magma Parental Magma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FukuokaJapan

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