Mantle Plumes and their Record in Earth History

Mantle Plumes and their Record in Earth History

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This 2001 book provides a comprehensive review of the origin and history of mantle plumes throughout geologic time. The book describes the exciting results of the last few years, and integrates an immense amount of material from the fields of geology, geophysics, and geochemistry that bear on mantle plumes. Included are chapters on hotspots and mantle upwelling, large igneous provinces (including examples from Mars and Venus), mantle plume generation and melting in plumes, plumes as tracers of mantle processes, plumes and continental growth, Archean mantle plumes, superplumes, mantle plume events in Earth history, and their effect on the atmosphere, oceans, and life. This book will be valuable as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in geophysics, geochemistry, and geology, and will also form a reference text for researchers in the Earth sciences from a variety of more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 181 b/w illus. 4 colour illus.
  • 1139239074
  • 9781139239073

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'This book provides a good precis of current arguments, it is provocative in the topics linked together and it is an excellent basis for further discussion in a fast moving field.' Chris J. Hawkesworth, Geoscientistshow more

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1. Introduction; 2. Hotspots and mantle upwellings; 3. Large igneous provinces; 4. Mantle plume generation and melting; 5. Plumes as tracers of mantle processes; 6. Mantle plumes and continental growth; 7. Mantle plumes in the Archean; 8. Superplume events; 9. Mantle plumes and earth systems; more

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