Archaean Geochemistry

The Origin and Evolution of the Archaean Continental Crust

  • A. Kröner
  • G. N. Hanson
  • A. M. Goodwin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. H. Wänke, G. Dreibus, E. Jagoutz
    Pages 1-24
  3. N. T. Arndt, R. W. Nesbitt
    Pages 99-114
  4. K. C. Condie, P. Allen
    Pages 182-203
  5. N. P. Shcherbak, E. N. Bartnitsky, E. V. Bibikova, V. L. Boiko
    Pages 251-261
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-286

About these proceedings

Introduction

Archaean Geochemistry 1972 - 1984 The realisation that the continental crust contains well-preserved relics which date as far back as 4/5 of the Earth's age has given a great impetus to the study of early Precambrian terrains. As late as the mid-sixties the Archaean still constituted the 'terra-in­ cognita' of earth science. High metamorphic grades, poor out­ crop, and not least a widely assumed obliteration of early crustal records by convective recycling and thermal reworking had com­ bined to discourage research in this field. Many excellent local studies existed, notably around gold mining centres, but remained unrelated to a broader regional and theoretical understanding. This situation has changed as the consequence of two inter-related factors: (1) advances in isotopic methods and their application to Precambrian rocks, and (2) the recognition that some of the oldest terrains have retained a wealth of primary igneous and sedi­ mentary textures and even geochemical characteristics.

Keywords

Archean Cambrian chemistry geochemistry geoscience isotope mineral petrology research

Editors and affiliations

  • A. Kröner
    • 1
  • G. N. Hanson
    • 2
  • A. M. Goodwin
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für GeowissenschaftenUniversität MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Space SciencesState University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA
  3. 3.Department of GeologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-70001-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-70003-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-70001-9
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