The Lithosphere Beneath the Indian Shield

A Geodynamic Perspective


Part of the Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences book series (MASE, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ashoka G. Dessai
    Pages 1-51
  3. Ashoka G. Dessai
    Pages 53-96
  4. Ashoka G. Dessai
    Pages 97-124
  5. Ashoka G. Dessai
    Pages 125-153
  6. Ashoka G. Dessai
    Pages 155-182
  7. Ashoka G. Dessai
    Pages 183-253
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 255-259

About this book


This book explores the geotectonic evolution of the lithosphere beneath the Indian Shield, which comprises a collage of cratons variously bounded by mobile belts and palaeo-rifts. The lithosphere beneath these is fairly thin compared to other cratons worldwide, petrologically varied and shows considerable variation in thickness with depth both intra-craton and among cratons. Moreover, it has been subjected to the influence of repeated magmatic episodes from Proterozoic to Palaeocene, which have variously impacted different parts of the shield. The thermotectonic influence on constituent cratons is variable depending on the evolutionary history. This book discusses the impact of successive tectonomagmatic events on the evolution of the deep crust and shallow mantle, and their Phanerozoic modification as gleaned through the xenolith window.

The book provides a petrotectonic perspective on the deep crust and shallow mantle from direct samples brought up as xenoliths of deep lithologies, and offers a comprehensive overview for students, researchers, academics and professionals, integrating the results of petrological studies of deep lithologies and geophysical investigations to (i) shed light on the physico-chemical and thermal structure of the lithosphere from an array of geotectonic settings and (ii) gain insights into the spatio-temporal  evolution of the Indian Shield. 

An in-depth guide critical thinking on the complex issue of mantle differentiation, magmatism, lithosphere modification and crustal growth over time, the book allows readers to gain a better understanding of the processes that affect the lithosphere and shape the crust on which we live.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceGoa UniversityTaleigao PlateauIndia

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Ashoka Dessai has over 39 years of teaching and research experience at post-graduate level, initially at S. P. Pune University, and later at Goa University. He has conducted research in India and abroad, published over 50 research papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals and has been a reviewer for international journals published by Springer and other publishers. 

Prof. Dr. Dessai has authored two books: (i) Geology and Mineral Resources of Goa, New Delhi Publishers, and (ii) Goa: Geology, Industry and Environment (in press), Publisher: Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt. of Goa. He has also delivered lectures at several universities and professional organisations and research institutes in India and abroad. 

He has worked in wide variety of terrains, such as ophiolites of Ladakh Himalaya, Precambrian layered complexes and komatiitic ultramafites of South India, Deccan Traps of western India, including Precambrian iron and manganese ores, chromites, and laterites and bauxites. He has participated in an Indian Ocean expedition for prospecting of polymetallic nodules. 

Prof. Dr. Dessai has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Pure Sciences and Registrar of Goa University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Lithosphere Beneath the Indian Shield
  • Book Subtitle A Geodynamic Perspective
  • Authors Ashoka G. Dessai
  • Series Title Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Mod. Approach. Solid Earth
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-52941-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-52942-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1876-1682
  • Series Online ISSN 1876-1690
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 259
  • Number of Illustrations 33 b/w illustrations, 38 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geophysics/Geodesy
    Earth System Sciences
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