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Academic & Professional Books  Earth System Sciences  Geosphere  Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology

Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Textbook New Edition
By: Anthony R Philpotts(Author), Jay J Ague(Author)
700 pages, 500+ colour & b/w photos, tables
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  • Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology ISBN: 9781108492881 Edition: 3 Hardback Nov 2021 Available for pre-order : Due Nov 2021
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About this book

Building upon the award-winning second edition, this comprehensive textbook provides a fundamental understanding of the formative processes of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Encouraging a deeper comprehension of the subject by explaining the petrologic principles, and assuming knowledge of only introductory college-level courses in physics, chemistry, and calculus, it lucidly outlines mathematical derivations fully and at an elementary level, making this the ideal resource for intermediate and advanced courses in igneous and metamorphic petrology. With over 500 illustrations, many in colour, this revised edition contains valuable new material and strengthened pedagogy, including boxed mathematical derivations allowing for a more accessible explanation of concepts, and more qualitative end-of-chapter questions to encourage discussion. With a new introductory chapter outlining the "bigger picture", this fully updated resource will guide students to an even greater mastery of petrology.


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

Answers to selected quantitative questions

Customer Reviews


Anthony R. Philpotts is Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Connecticut, a visiting fellow at Yale University, and an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts. He has over forty years of teaching experience. He has worked on Precambrian massif-type anorthosites, pseudotachylites, alkaline rocks, and liquid immiscibility in FeTi 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 J. Ague is the Henry Barnard Davis Memorial Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Yale University, and the Curator-in-Charge of Mineralogy and Meteoritics at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. He studies fluid flow, chemical reactions, mass transfer, and heat transfer in Earth's lithosphere, focusing on the metamorphic and igneous rocks comprising the deep roots of mountain belts. He has given the Daly Lecture for the American Geophysical Union and is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of London, and the Mineralogical Society of America. He was the lead editor of the American Journal of Science (1998 to 2008), and has served on the editorial boards of Chemical Geology, Geology, and the Journal of Metamorphic Geology.


Textbook New Edition
By: Anthony R Philpotts(Author), Jay J Ague(Author)
700 pages, 500+ colour & b/w photos, tables
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Reviews from previous editions:

"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

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