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Mantle Plumes and their Record in Earth History

By: Kent C Condie

306 pages, 4 col plates, 181 line illus

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 2001 | #118973 | ISBN: 0521014727
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Hardback | Dec 2001 | #118971 | ISBN: 0521806046
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About this book

Comprehensive review of the origin and history of mantle plumes throughout geologic time. Includes material from the fields of geology, geophysics, and geochemistry. Topics include; 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 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, Geoscientist


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; Conclusion.

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