Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences

The Archaean: Geological and Geochemical Windows into the Early Earth

Authors: Glikson, Andrew Y.

  • Includes chapter and section summaries
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  • Early Earth features and early life habitats
  • Evolution of the continents
  • Early volcanic activity
  • Presents an Atlas of Archaean environments
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About this book

Archaean terrains contain a wealth of structural, stratigraphic, textural, mineralogical, geochemical and isotopic features allowing insights into the nature of the early Earth. This book is based on studies during 1964-2007 of Archaean terrains in Australia and to a lesser extent in South Africa and India, as well as on visits to Archaean terrains in Canada, the US and China, as well as petrological and geochemical studies of igneous and sedimentary rock suites from a range of terrains. The book will include a range of photographic and microscopic images, geological sketch maps and diagrams illustrating the lessons derived from field and the laboratory. Also other Archaean terrains are being reviewed.

The book is intended for Earth scientists as well as broader intelligent readership.

Reviews

“The book is global in scope and discusses the data on early Earth from sites in southwest Greenland, Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, and more. … The volume is well supported by numerous tables, color photographs, color and black-and white illustrations, appendixes, an extensive 30-page list of references, and a 13-page subject/geographic index. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.” (J. T. Andrews, Choice, Vol. 52 (11), July, 2015)

“The author provides an extensive overview of the geochronological data pertaining to the Archean, and integrates this with geochemical and isotopic information. … The author has done a commendable job of compiling a mountain of geochronological and isotopic data, much of which is helpfully collated into an Appendix. … The book will be useful for research-oriented workers dealing with Archean rocks.” (Brett Davis, TAG The Australian Geologist, Issue 174, March, 2015)

 


"This book deals with the very first third of our planet’s long history covering all the major episodes as deciphered from the scattered rocks in all four corners of the Earth. Written by Andrew Glikson – a passionate sleuth of all earth sciences involving decades of field and laboratory investigations – has produced a grand modern overview of the Hadean and Archaean Earth." (Professor Victor Gostin, University of Adelaide)

"This book is a welcome and refreshing addition to the literature of Archaean geology. It provides pithy and up to date information on the great Archaean terrains and presents a scheme of evolution of the early crust, from mafic-ultramafic crust to tonalite-trondhjemitegreenstone crust to greenstone-granite and high-grade metamorphic crust." (Professor Hugh Davies, University of New Guinea)

"The manuscript written by Dr. A. Glikson is concerned with the early history of the Earth and the applicability of the uniformitarian doctrine for its interpretation, that is, an essential question for modern geological science. Extensive analytical data accumulated over the last few decades of regarding the structure and composition of the cratons, mainly southern hemisphere, allows to affirm the essential role of large-scale impact events in the origin of mafic-ultramafic and TTG rock associations characteristic of the Early Precambrian, as well as the predominance of accompanying vertical tectonic movements." (Professor Victor Masaitis, Karpinski Geol

ogical Institute, Russia)

"Andrew Glikson has presented an excellent synthesis relating to the history of the early earth being an up to date compilation & evaluation of the status of our knowledge on this subject. This synthesis is made all the more significant in that the author is a well versed scientist having made many contributions to Archaean geology & meteorite impact structures through numerous publications in peer reviewed journals." (Professor John Ferguson, former professor at the University of Witwatersrand and Chief Scientist at the Australian Geological Survey Organization)

"I think it is something of a magnum opus; it summarizes a great deal of what we know about Archaean geology. It will be an essential reference to anyone involved in studying Archaean terranes world-wide, from whatever perspective: geochemical, isotopic, structural, etc. Of particular significance is its non-uniformitarian approach, emphasizing the likely importance of impact events on early Earth history. Congratulations on producing such an impressive volume." (Dr John Sheraton, specialist in the study of igneous and high grade metamorphic Terrains)

"I am delighted, very impressed and appreciative that you have brought all this material together and presented it as observation-rich, wide-ranging in its content and thought- provoking in its conclusions." (Emeritus Professor David H. Green, University of Tasmania)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Moon and the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB)

    Glikson, Andrew Y.

    Pages 1-7

  • Hadean and Early Archaean High Grade Metamorphic Terrains

    Glikson, Andrew Y.

    Pages 9-23

  • Early Archaean Mafic-Ultramafic Crustal Relics

    Glikson, Andrew Y.

    Pages 25-34

  • The Tonalite-Trondhjemite-Granodiorite (TTG) Suite and Archaean Island Continents

    Glikson, Andrew Y.

    Pages 35-41

  • Isotopic Temporal Trends of Early Crustal Evolution

    Glikson, Andrew Y.

    Pages 43-52

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  • Due: September 30, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37616-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Archaean: Geological and Geochemical Windows into the Early Earth
Authors
Series Title
Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-07908-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-07908-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-07907-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37616-5
Series ISSN
1876-1682
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 238
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations, 79 illustrations in colour
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