Granites are emblematic rocks developed from a magma that crystallized in the Earth's crust. They ultimately outcrop at the surface of every continent.
Granites: Petrology, Structure, Geological Setting, and Metallogeny – translated, edited, and updated from the original French edition Pétrologie des Granites published by Vuibert in 2011 – gives a modern presentation of granitic rocks, or granites, from magma genesis to their emplacement into the crust and their crystallization. Mineralogical, petrological, physical, and economical aspects are developed in a succession of 14 chapters. Special 'info boxes' discuss topics for those wishing to deepen their knowledge of the subject. Also included is a glossary, a comprehensive bibliography, as well as descriptions of modern techniques.
Granites are considered in their geological spatial and temporal frame, in relation with plate tectonics and earth history, and assisted by a large number of high quality illustrations.
1. What is a granite?
2. Origin of granitic magmas
3. Segregation of granitic melt
4. Genesis of hybrid granitoids: mingling and mixing
5. Transport of granitic magma
6. Emplacement and shape of granite plutons
7. Thermomechanical aspects in the country rocks around granite plutons
8. Crystallization of granitics magmas
9. Microstructures and fabrics of granites
10. Magnetic fabrics in granites
11. Zoning in granite plutons
12. Granites and plate tectonics
13. Precambrian granitic rocks
14. Granite metallogeny
Anne Nédélec and Jean-Luc Bouchez are Professors in Earth Sciences at the University of Toulouse. Both are based at the Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (Géosciences Environnement Toulouse). Anne is a petrologist, specialist of Precambrian Geology. Jean-Luc, a specialist in rock deformation, participated in the development of structural studies in magmatic rocks. Both have a broad experience in laboratory and field studies in Africa, Madagascar, Brazil, Iran, and France, among others.
Peter Bowden has been Professeur Invité in the Département de Géologie at Université de Saint Etienne since 1998. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Earth Sciences from 1993 to 2001, and Senior Lecturer and co-ordinator for the BSc Geochemistry degree at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, from 1987 to 1998. He is a specialist in African Geology and an expert on A-type granites.
"This book is a welcome addition to the literature on granitic rocks. The authors have done a great job integrating data from a wide variety of sources to build a comprehensive and timely account of granitic magmatism. It provides valuable reading for those interested not just in granites but igneous geology more broadly"
– Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor and CEO, University of Northampton, UK
"A well-illustrated textbook, which explores the world of granitic rocks in a multidisciplinary way. Written for a wide readership, it covers a broad range of topics, from the genesis and emplacement of granites to their role in the growth and evolution of the continental crust, and their economic importance as a source for mineral ores"
– Pierre Barbey, CRPG-CNRS