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The Precambrian Earth: Tempos and Events

Edited By: Patrick G Ericksson, W Altermann, DR Nelson, WU Mueller and O Catuneanu
941 pages, Col photos, figs, tabs
Publisher: Elsevier
The Precambrian Earth: Tempos and Events
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About this book

In this book the editors strive to cover all primary (i.e. non-applied) topics in Precambrian geology in a non-partisan way, by using a large team of international authors to present their datasets and highly divergent viewpoints.

The chapters address: celestial origins of Earth and succeeding extraterrestrial impact events; generation of continental crust and the greenstone-granite debate; the interaction of mantle plumes and plate tectonics over Precambrian time; Precambrian volcanism, emphasising komatiite research; evolution and models for Earth's hydrosphere and atmosphere; evolution of life and its influence on Precambrian ocean chemistry and chemical sedimentation; sedimentation through Precambrian time; the application of sequence stratigraphy to the Precambrian rock record. Each topic is introduced and a non-partisan closing commentary provided at the end of each chapter. The final chapter blends the major geological events and rates at which important processes occurred into a synthesis, which postulates a number of "event clusters" in the Precambrian when significant changes occurred in many natural systems and geological environments.

Contents

1. The Early Earth. 2. Generation of Continental Crust. 3. Tectonism and Mantle Plumes through Time. 4. Precambrian Volcanism: an independent Variable through Time. 5. Evolution of the Hydrosphere and Atmosphere. 6. Evolution of Life and Precambrian Bio-Geology. 7. Sedimentation through Time. 8. Sequence Stratigraphy and the Precambrian. 9. Synthesis.

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Edited By: Patrick G Ericksson, W Altermann, DR Nelson, WU Mueller and O Catuneanu
941 pages, Col photos, figs, tabs
Publisher: Elsevier
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I highly recommend this book to anybody who is interested in the Precambrian, and certainly every general science and earth and planetary sciences library should have a copy. THE EGGS, 2004
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