Early Precambrian Basic Magmatism

  • R. P. Hall
  • D. J. Hughes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: basic magmatism and crustal evolution

    1. R. P. Hall, D. J. Hughes
      Pages 1-7
  3. General Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. A. C. Cattell, R. N. Taylor
      Pages 11-39
    3. C. J. Hatton, G. von Gruenewaldt
      Pages 56-82
    4. R. P. Hall, D. J. Hughes
      Pages 83-110
    5. M. J. Bickle
      Pages 111-135
    6. S. B. Simon
      Pages 136-156
    7. S. Roberts, R. P. Foster, R. W. Nesbitt
      Pages 157-188
  4. Regional Syntheses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. G. L. Snyder, R. P. Hall, D. J. Hughes, K. R. Ludwig
      Pages 191-220
    3. R. P. Hall, D. J. Hughes, J. Tarney
      Pages 248-272
    4. T. S. Brewer, T. C. Pharaoh
      Pages 273-293
    5. B.-M. Jahn
      Pages 294-316
    6. A. C. Purvis
      Pages 317-338
    7. B. L. Weaver
      Pages 339-351
    8. H. S. Smith
      Pages 352-378
    9. K. R. Wirth, E. P. Oliveira, J. H. Silva Sá, J. Tarney
      Pages 379-404
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 405-486

About this book


Basic magmatic rocks make up approximately three-quarters of the crust ofthe present day Earth. Because we can observe and study the volcanic products of present day tectonic regimes comprehensively, we can shed light on ancient tectono-magmatic provinces, and thereby deduce the petrogenesis and evolution of the oldest basic rocks. This is the primary objective of this book. The book was conceived in order to provide a comprehensive review of the basic rocks produced during the first half of the Precambrian, i.e. the Archaean and early Proterozoic, to about 1.8 Ga years ago. Two major questions are addressed. First, what basic magmas were generated during the early Precambrian: were these magmas globally uniform, and to what extent were prevailing tectonic controls and compo­ sitions analogous to those of the present day? Clearly, this can be answered only by bringing together fundamental information about all relevant basic magmatic events. Second, is there any systematic temporal variation in the nature of basic suites, and what implications might such variations have on our interpretations of early Earth history? Are there important differences between early Archaean, late Archaean, Proterozoic and modern basic magmatic suites? The book uses two approaches to address these questions. Early chapters examine the fundamental characteristics of these basic rocks, whilst later chapters assess regional distribution and development by providing an overview of each major early Precambrian craton.


chemistry classification formation geochemistry metamorphism mineral mineralogy petrogenesis petrography

Editors and affiliations

  • R. P. Hall
    • 1
  • D. J. Hughes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeologyPortsmouth PolytechnicUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6666-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0399-9
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