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The Precambrian Earth: Tempos and Events

Series: Developments in Precambrian Geology Volume: 12

Edited By: Patrick G Ericksson, W Altermann, DR Nelson, WU Mueller and O Catuneanu

941 pages, Col photos, figs, tabs


Paperback | Dec 2004 | #143887 | ISBN: 0444515097
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Hardback | Mar 2004 | #143717 | ISBN: 0444515062
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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.

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


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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