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Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology


By: Anthony R Philpotts(Author), Jay J Ague(Author)

667 pages, 196 b/w photos, 18 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jan 2009 | Edition: 2 | #177954 | ISBN-13: 9780521880060
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Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology provides a basic understanding of the formative processes of igneous and metamorphic rock through quantitative applications of simple physical and chemical principles. Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology encourages a deeper comprehension of the subject by explaining the petrologic principles rather than simply presenting the student with petrologic facts and terminology. Assuming knowledge of only introductory college-level courses in physics, chemistry, and calculus, it lucidly outlines mathematical derivations fully and at an elementary level, and is ideal for intermediate and advanced courses in igneous and metamorphic petrology.

The end-of-chapter quantitative problem sets facilitate student learning by working through simple applications. They also introduce several widely-used thermodynamic software programs for calculating igneous and metamorphic phase equilibria and image analysis software. With over 350 illustrations, this revised edition contains valuable new material on the structure of the Earth's mantle and core, the properties and behaviour of magmas, recent results from satellite imaging, and more.

"It emphasises principles rather than facts. The end-of-chapter problems for students are excellent."
– Tim Lutz, University of Pennsylvania

"I am very pleased to see the quality of this text. It will definitely be the best undergraduate petrology text when it appears on the shelf. You have a winner."
– C. Page Chamberlain, Dartmouth College

"The presentation is clear and concise, the illustrations extremely useful [...] Of great utility are the problems at the end of each chapter [...] This is a fantastic book."
– Steven R. Bohlen, President of Joint Oceanographic Institutions

"[...] a volume which will likely be well thumbed and littered with 'stickies' and other place markers by students and professors alike [...] a 'must-have' for any self-respecting petrologist [...]"

"I eagerly anticipated the second edition that included Jay Ague as coauthor to complement Philpotts' expertise in igneous petrology. My high expectations were not disappointed. [...] Will [...] be remembered as the first to put transport theory into the teaching of petrology."
American Journal of Science

"This is an ideal book for advanced courses in petrology, and particularly for students who truly want to study and understand this discipline and who are ready to spend time on it [...] The content is rigorous, in-depth and up-to-date. Those who decide to study it, will get a firm foundation on which they may build future research. I highly recommend this textbook and really regret that I had not the chance to use it during my own university education."
– Julita Biernacka, Geologos



1. Introduction
2. Physical properties of magma
3. Intrusion of magma
4. Forms of igneous bodies
5. Cooling of igneous bodies and other diffusion processes
6. Classification of igneous rocks
7. Introduction to thermodynamics
8. Free energy and phase equilibria
9. Thermodynamics of solutions
10. Phase equilibria in igneous systems
11. Effects of volatiles on melt equilibria
12. Crystal growth
13. Isotope geochemistry related to petrology
14. Magmatic processes
15. Igneous rock associations
16. Metamorphism and metamorphic facias
17. Deformation and textures of metamorphic rocks
18. Graphic analysis of metamorphic mineral assemblages
19. Geothermometry, geobarometry, and mineral reactions among solid solutions
20. Mineral reactions involving H2O and CO2
21. Material transport during metamorphism
22. Pressure-temperature-time paths and heat transfer during metamorphism
23. Origin of rocks


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Anthony Philpotts is a visiting fellow at Yale University and an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, and has had over 40 years of teaching experience. He has worked on Precambrian massif type anorthosites, pseudotachylites, alkaline rocks, liquid immiscibility in Fe-Ti oxide systems and in tholeiitic magmas. He has been awarded the Peacock Memorial Prize of the Walker Mineralogical Club of Toronto and the Hawley Award of the Mineralogical Association of Canada. He has served as an editor for the Canadian Mineralogist and the Journal of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Jay Ague is a Professor at Yale University and has been teaching for 20 years. He studies fluid flow, chemical reactions, mass transfer, and heat transfer in Earth's crust, focusing on the metamorphic and igneous rocks comprising the deep roots of mountain belts. He has been the Senior Editor of the American Journal of Science from 1998 to 2008, and has served on the editorial board of the journal Geology. He is also Curator of Mineralogy at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

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