Large Igneous Provinces: Continental, Oceanic, and Planetary Flood Volcanism

Large Igneous Provinces: Continental, Oceanic, and Planetary Flood Volcanism

by John J. Mahoney
     
 

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 100.

Continental flood basalts, volcanic passive margins, and oceanic plateaus represent the largest known volcanic episodes on our planet, yet they are not easily explained by plate tectonics. Indeed, some are likely to record periods when the outward transfer of

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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 100.

Continental flood basalts, volcanic passive margins, and oceanic plateaus represent the largest known volcanic episodes on our planet, yet they are not easily explained by plate tectonics. Indeed, some are likely to record periods when the outward transfer of material and energy from the Earth's interior operated in a significantly different mode than at present. In recent years, interest in large-scale mafic magmatism has surged as high-precision geochronological, detailed geochemical, and increasingly sophisticated geophysical data have become available for many provinces. However, the sheer amount of recent material, often in the form of detailed collaborative research projects, can overwhelm newcomers to the field and experts alike as the literature continues to grow dramatically. The need for an up-to-date review volume on a sizable subset of the major continental and oceanic flood basalt provinces, termed large igneous provinces, was recognized by the Commission on Large-Volume Basaltic Provinces (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior), and the co-editors were charged with organizing and implementing such a volume. We hope that this volume will be valuable to researchers and graduate students worldwide, particularly to petrologists, geochemists, geochronologists, geodynamicists, and plate-tectonics specialists; it may also interest planetologists, oceanographers, and atmospheric scientists.

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Fifteen papers review and synthesize the voluminous recent research on continental flood basalts, volcanic passive margins, and oceanic plateaus; these represent the largest types of volcanic episodes on earth, and they are not easily explained by plate tectonics. Contributions discuss the fundamental changes in understanding of large igneous provinces, with up-to-date reviews of geologic setting, age and age distribution, petrology and geochemistry, petrogenesis, mantle sources, probably causes, and post-emplacement evolution. Intended for petrologists, geochemists, geochronologists, geodynamicists, and plate tectonics specialists. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875900827
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
Geophysical Monograph Series, #100
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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