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Evolution of Archean Crust and Early Life

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  • Earth-systems approach (lithosphere-hydrosphere-biosphere-atmosphere) in a truly interdisciplinary fashion to studying the evolution of crust and life in the early Earth
  • Process-oriented and data-rich chapters, reflecting the most recent knowledge and information on the Archean Earth
  • Attractive to researchers, faculty and students both in the academia and industry (particularly those in the mining, ore deposit and mineralization resource assessment)
  • Most recent and state-of-the art collection of data and information on the structure and architecture of Archean crust, its distribution around the world, and the current theories and working hypotheses on the evolution of Archean crust and the Earth
  • Strong interest of diverse scientific communities and even of the public in the book topic, regarding the ruling theories and controversies about the evolution of the early Earth and life in deep time
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Part of the book series: Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences (MASE, volume 7)

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This book presents an integrated approach to the study of the evolution of the Archean lithosphere, biosphere and atmosphere, and as such it is a unique contribution to our understanding of the early Earth and life. The structural and geochemical make-up of both the oceanic and continental crust of the Archean Earth is documented in some case studies of various cratons, and the implications of the Phanerozoic plate and plume tectonic processes for the Archean geology are discussed in several chapters in the book. All chapters are process-oriented and data-rich, and reflect the most recent knowledge and information on the Archean Earth. The interdisciplinary approach of examining the evolution of the Archean crust, oceans, and life that we adopt in this book sets it apart from previous publications on Precambrian geology.

The book will be attractive to researchers in academia and in industry, and to senior undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in earth and natural sciences.


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“The volume edited by DrLEK & FURNES marks serious advance in our knowledge about the Hadean and Archean Earth. … The volume boasts by rich and accurate illustrations, including many those given in colour. … the volume edited by DrLEK & FURNES will be very interesting to specialists in the Precambrian geology and geobiology/palaeontology. Some MS and PhD students with advanced knowledge in this subject will also appreciate it.” (Dmitry A. Ruban, Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie, Vol. 2015 (3-4), Decmeber, 2016)

“The book’s 14 chapters focus on the origins of Archean greenstone belts. … The volume is richly illustrated with both color and black-and-white maps, photographs, anddiagrams. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers/faculty.” (J. T. Andrews, Choice, Vol. 52 (1), September, 2014)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept. of Geology & Environmental Earth Science, Miami University, Oxford, USA

    Yildirim Dilek

  • Department of Earth Science & Centre for Geobiology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

    Harald Furnes

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