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Essentials of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

2nd Edition


  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108482516

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  • All Earth Science students need to understand the origins, environments, and basic processes that produce igneous and metamorphic rocks. This concise introductory textbook provides students with the essential knowledge needed to understand how petrology relates to other topics in the geologic sciences, and has been written specifically for one-semester courses. Throughout, the emphasis is on interpreting the mineralogy and petrology of rock suites in terms of origin and environment, with the first half of the book concentrating on igneous rocks, and the second half on metamorphic rocks. This Second Edition has been thoroughly revised and brought completely up-to-date. It now includes a new chapter on the application of stable and radiogenic isotopes in petrology, introducing students to the concept of isotopic fractionation and describing the process of radioactive decay. The discussions of phase diagrams, connections between igneous and metamorphic rock suites, and convergent margin magmatism have also been expanded. There is a new glossary of terms, updated end-of-chapter exercises, and updated further readings.

    • Includes a new chapter on the application of stable and radiogenic isotopes in petrology
    • Thoroughly updated content including expanded sections on phase diagrams, convergent margin magmatism and the tectonic environments of igneous and metamorphic rock suites
    • A new glossary defines terms that appear as bold print throughout the book
    • Features for students include application boxes, end of chapter questions and problems, and an appendix reviewing the most important igneous and metamorphic rock-forming minerals
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108482516
    • dimensions: 276 x 216 mm
    • contains: 275 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to igneous petrology
    2. An introduction to igneous phase diagrams
    3. Introduction to silicate melts and magmas
    4. The chemistry of igneous rocks
    5. Basalts and mantle structure
    6. Oceanic magmatism
    7. Convergent margin magmatism
    8. Intracontinental volcanism
    9. Intracontinental plutonism
    10. Interpretation of granitic rocks
    11. Introduction to metamorphic petrology
    12. Interpretation of metamorphic phase diagrams
    13. Metamorphic facies and the metamorphism of mafic rocks
    14. Thermobarometry and the conditions of metamorphism
    15. Metamorphism of peridotitic rocks
    16. Metamorphism of pelitic rocks
    17. Metamorphism of calcareous rocks and the role of fluids in metamorphism
    18. Regional occurrence and tectonic significance of metamorphic rocks.

  • Authors

    B. Ronald Frost, University of Wyoming
    B. Ronald Frost is Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Wyoming. He has conducted extensive field research in the Precambrian basement of Wyoming, as well as in Siberia, Greenland, Northern Canada, and the Broken Hill area of Australia. He is the author of more than 110 scientific papers on topics ranging from serpentinization and the metamorphism of serpentinites, ocean floor metamorphism, granulites, thermobarometry, the geochemistry of granites, and melting of sulfide ore deposits. He was previously an associate editor for the Journal of Metamorphic Geology and Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Petrology.

    Carol D. Frost, University of Wyoming
    Carol D. Frost joined the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming in 1983 after receiving her Ph.D. in Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She investigates the origin and evolution of the continental crust, the provenance of clastic sedimentary rocks, granite petrogenesis, and applies isotope geology and geochemistry to environmental issues including water co-produced with hydrocarbons and geological sequestration of carbon dioxide. She is a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, Geological Society of America, and the Geochemical Society, and served as Division Director for the Division of Earth Sciences at the National Science Foundation from 2014–18.

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