Serpentinites : Recorders of Tectonic and Petrological History

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Serpentinites are curious rocks known for the most part as the source of the major form of asbestos, and as ornamental facing stones in architecture. Recent research has shown that these rocks can be important markers of the architecture of the ocean crust, providing vital clues to the processes occurring in the earth's tectonic plates. This book provides a comprehensive geologic history of these rocks, and all earth scientists will find it of enormous value as a reference resource.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 176 x 258 x 22mm | 699.99g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones, line figures, and tables throughout
  • 0195082540
  • 9780195082548

Table of contents

1. Serpentine and Serpentinites ; 2. Serpentine-Group Minerals and the Processes which form Them ; 3. Patterns in Outcrop ; 4. Textures in Thin Section ; 5. Hydration and Serpentinization of Peridotites ; 6. Serpentine Recrystallization and Replacement ; 7. Deserpentinization ; 8. Rodingites, Albitites, and Other Rocks formed by Metasomatism ; 9. Carbonates, Sulfides, and Serpentine-related Mineralization ; 10. Geochemical and Geophysical Data ; 11. Serpentinites in their Tectonic Settings ; 14. Epilogue
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"Refreshingly...critical and balanced...essential reading" Andreas Kontoleon, Research Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Research, University of London the author, an enthusiast, makes no bones of the fact that he studies them for their own sake and his passion is patent in the questions he continually poses ... The comprehensive character of his synthesis can be gathered from the headings of some of the 14 excellently illustrated chapters ... few geologists considering serpentization will want to be far from a reference copy. * G.A. Chinner, Geological Magazine, Vol. 135, Part 1, 1998 * A well-concieved and admirably composed is organized in such a systematic way, and written in such a simple clear style that anyone dealing with these rocks whether for the first or the umpteenth time will regard it as a godsend.ISIS'97
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