Active continental margins

  • Marjorie Wilson


In Chapter 6 we considered the simplest type of subduction-related magmatism produced as a consequence of the subduction of one oceanic plate beneath another. Now we shall focus our attention on the more complex case in which the overriding plate is a continental one. Magmas generated in this tectonic environment occur along the west coast of the Americas, Japan, Sumatra, Alaska, New Zealand and the Aegean (Fig. 7.1).


Continental Crust Basaltic Andesite Mantle Wedge Crustal Contamination Plutonic Rock 
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Further reading

  1. Gill, J.B. 1981. Orogenic andesites and plate tectonics. Berlin-Heidelberg; Springer-Verlag, 390 pp.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Moorbath, S., R.N Thompson (eds) 1984. The relative contributions of mantle, oceanic crust and continental crust to magma genesis. Phil Trans R. Soc. Lond. A310, 437–780.Google Scholar
  3. Pitcher, W.S., M.P. Atherton, E.J. Cobbing R.D. Beckinsale (eds) 1985. Magmatism at a plate edge. Glasgow: Blackie. 328 pp.Google Scholar
  4. Thorpe, R.S. (ed.) 1982. Andesites: orogenic andesites and related rocks. Chichester: Wiley 724 pp.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marjorie Wilson
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  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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