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Igneous Rocks and Processes - a Practical Guide


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Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. An introduction to magmas and magmatic rocks. 2. Basalts and related rocks. 3. Magma differentiation. 4. Gabbroic rocks. 5. Ultramafi c and ultrabasic rocks. 6. Andesite, dacite and rhyolite. 7. How magmas erupt ? an introduction to pyroclastic processes and products. 8. Granitic rocks. 9. Alkali rocks. Appendix A ? Mineral identifi cation using a polarizing microscope. Appendix B ? Petrographic calculations. Appendix C ? Symbols, units and constants used in this book. Glossary. Answers to exercises. Bibliography. Index. Colour plate section. Companion website for this book:

About the Author

Robin Gill has lectured in igneous petrology and geochemistry at the University of London for 22 years, and before that held postdoctoral posts at the Universities of Manchester, Western Ontario and Oxford. He is author of Chemical Fundamentals of Geology (Springer) and editor of Modern Analytical Geochemistry (Addison Wesley Longman).


"Igneous petrology is difficult to master using only a single course resource. Thus, instructors often steer students toward supplementary readings on how to work with geochemical data or identify igneous minerals in thin section. Gill takes a big step toward resolving this challenge, integrating content in a way that instructors will value as a holistic presentation of concepts and tools." (Choice, 1 March 2011) "This is a very comprehensive, well written and well laid out book, which should appear on the shelves of all students and their advisors in the field of igneous petrology." (Geology Today, 1 November 2010) "Overall an excellent contribution by Robin Gill, this text book is a superb desk reference as well as a reasonably priced addition to any practical igneous petrology course at both intermediate and advanced levels". (The Geographical Journal, 4 December 2010) "This textbook will be an invaluable guide for undergraduates in the laboratory and will allow them to develop their interpretative skills in petrology in the most intuitive way. The breadth of topics, clear layout and level of detail will no doubt lead it to become an essential, always on- hand reference for students." ( Geological Magazine, 2010) "It's tough call to produce an igneous petrology book that engages the readers and draws them on, but it's hard to imagine a better attempt than this by Robin Gill." ( Geoscientist , November 2012)

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