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Trace Elements in Magmas


  • 121 b/w illus. 15 tables
  • Page extent: 256 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.41 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521036344)

Studying the distribution of certain elements, present in very low concentrations in igneous and metamorphic rocks, can yield important clues about the rocks' origin and evolution. Trace elements do not give rise to characteristic minerals, but their behaviour can be modelled to provide historical information about the source magma. This book brings together the essential theory required to understand the behaviour of trace elements in magmas and magma-derived rocks. It presents a wide range of models and mechanisms which explain trace element distribution. Trace Elements in Magmas provides an excellent resource for graduate students, petrologists, geochemists and mineralogists, as well as researchers in geophysics and materials science.

• A good and much needed summary of theory and models • Well written and easy to follow • A useful reference for graduate students and researchers


Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Partition coefficients; 3. Crystallisation: basic trace element modelling; 4. Crystallisation: variation of mineral proportions, partition coefficients and fluid phase proportion; 5. Crystallisation assimilation, recharge and eruption; 6. Trace element evidence for crystallisation processes; 7. Melting: basic trace element modelling; 8. Melting: more complex processes; 9. Dynamic mantle melting; Index.


'… a very clearly written book that will find extensive use by advanced undergraduates and will act as an excellent reference for the postgraduate and research community.' Journal of Geological Magazine

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