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The Igneous Rocks of Greece The Anatomy of an Orogen

By: Georgia Pe-Piper(Author), David JW Piper(Author)
573 pages, 288 colour & b/w illustrations, 11 tables
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  • The Igneous Rocks of Greece ISBN: 9783443110307 Hardback Jan 2002 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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The Hellenide orogen in Greece is part of the Alpine-Himalaya mountain belt, created during the destruction of the Tethys Ocean by the convergence of Gondwana and Eurasia. Within Greece, there is the record of a complete Wilson tectonic cycle of continental rifting, sea-floor spreading, plate subduction, and continental collision during Mesozoic and Cenozoic time. This book presents a new synthesis of the geological history of Greece as revealed by the varied igneous rocks. It is based on more than 30 years of field and laboratory studies by the authors together with a synthesis of the widely scattered published literature, that was written in many different languages. Basement rocks record Hercynian subduction and plutonism on the northern margin of Gondwana, which in the Permian and Triassic rifted into several microcontinents, thereby creating the eastern Mediterranean Neotethys ocean. The partial closure of strands of the Neotethys Ocean resulted in the emplacement of Jurassic and Cretaceous ophiolites. Early Tertiary age collision produced a Hellenide mountain chain similar to the Alps and the Himalayas. Rapid Neogene extension of the Hellenides behind the modern South Aegean arc has formed the Aegean Sea, triggered widespread back-arc igneous activity, and unroofed mid-crustal rocks. The geological setting, geochemistry, and significance of each group of rocks are presented in detail, with numerous maps and figures.

The Igneous Rocks of Greece should be of interest not only to those who work in Greece but also to all geologists seeking to understand the distribution and origin of rocks in orogenic belts, particularly those of the Tethyan region


1. Introduction
2. Late Palaeozoic plutonism and volcanism
3. Permo-Triassic rifting and volcanism
4. Jurassic Pindos ocean basin: ophiolites and melanges
5. Mesozoic ocean crust of northeast Greece
6. Cretaceous ophiolites and subduction in central and south Greece
7. Early Tertiary plutonism and volcanism of Macedonia and Thrace
8. Early Miocene volcanism of the northeast Aegean
9. Miocene plutonism in the Cyclades
10. Miocene to Quaternary volcanic rocks of central and northern Greece
11. The South Aegean Arc
12. Synthesis

Appendix 1. Geochronology of igneous rocks
Appendix 2. Representative geochemical analyses
Appendix 3. Sources of data for figures

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Georgia Pe-Piper is a professor of geology at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, (Canada). David J.W. Piper is a senior research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada–Atlantic.

By: Georgia Pe-Piper(Author), David JW Piper(Author)
573 pages, 288 colour & b/w illustrations, 11 tables
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