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Igneous Petrology, 3rd Edition

  • Alexander McBirney
  • ISBN-10: 0763734489
  • ISBN-13: 9780763734480
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2007 Published
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About the Product

The field of Igneous Petrology has evolved greatly in the past years. McBirney's new Third Edition, completely revised and updated, presents a modern and integrated survey of the geological and genetic relations of igneous rocks. It illustrates how modern geochemical and geophysical methods can be combined with field relations to understand the generational and compositional evolution of magmas.


  • Broad Scope - Concentrates on such topics as geochemistry and petrology while incorporating the important areas of field relations, geophysics, and volcanology.

  • Igneous Petrology, Third Edition is the first book of its kind to introduce and discuss the results of the study of other planets, mainly Mars.

  • Discusses the recent methods used to measure the flux of crustal material from the seafloor back to the continents via subduction and calc-alkaline volcanism.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Earth and Its Magmatism
Chapter 2: Magmas and Igneous Rocks
Chapter 3: Crystal-Liquid Relations
Chapter 4: Igneous Minerals and Their Textures
Chapter 5: Magmatic Differentiation: Mechanisms and Effects
Chapter 6: Magmatic Differentiation: Basic Intrusions
Chapter 7: Basalts and Magma Series
Chapter 8: Oceanic Magmatism and Flood Basalts
Chapter 9: Magmatism at Convergent Plate Boundaries
Chapter 10: Granitic Plutons and Siliceous Ignimbrites
Chapter 11: Magmatism of the Continental Interiors