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Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

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  • Date Published: February 2009
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521880060
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  • This textbook provides a basic understanding of the formative processes of igneous and metamorphic rock through quantitative applications of simple physical and chemical principles. The book 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 behavior of magmas, recent results from satellite imaging, and more.

    • Builds an in-depth understanding of petrologic principles through a quantitative approach, supported by instructive end-of-chapter problem sets
    • Illustrated with over 350 figures, with all phase diagrams accompanied by photomicrographs, linking descriptive aspects of petrology with the fundamental principles governing the origin of rocks
    • Provides an introduction to complex software programs by promoting an understanding of the thermodynamic principles governing phase equilibria
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    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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    "This is a book to read and a book to keep as a reference. It is a must-have for every student of tectonics." Michael L. Williams, EOS

    "… 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 …" Elements

    "The scope of the subject is an enormous challenge for a single author, so 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. There is a good index, an up-to-date and extensive reference section (27 pages) ... Thoughtful, substantive problems at the end of each chapter have solutions that are often integrated with the main text. … This might seem to add up to just another petrology text that is an incremental improvement over its predecessors. In fact, it is an exceptional advance. … I will choose the second edition of Philpotts and Ague's Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology because of its forward looking coverage of transport theory." John M. Ferry, American Journal of Science

    "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

    "...unquestionably the best petrology work available. ... Highly recommended." CHOICE

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    04th Jul 2018 by Aakashanand

    awesome book... well explained. helpful for students as well as active researchers.

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521880060
    • length: 684 pages
    • dimensions: 283 x 225 x 34 mm
    • weight: 2.2kg
    • contains: 504 b/w illus. 18 tables 192 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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, Yale University, Connecticut
    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, Yale University, Connecticut
    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.


    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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