A Photographic Atlas of Flood Basalt Volcanism

Authors: Sheth, Hetu

  • Contains several hundred beautiful and informative field photographs of large-scale to small-scale geological features of flood basalts, the largest igneous provinces on Earth
  • Covers flood basalt provinces around the world and through geological time
  • Provides a valuable field guide to flood basalts for researchers in geology, volcanology, igneous petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, geodynamics, geophysics, palaeontology, and climate and atmospheric science
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This unique book presents hundreds of spectacular photographs of large-scale to small-scale field geological features of flood basalt volcanism from around the world. Major flood basalt provinces covered in this book include the British Palaeogene, Central Atlantic Magmatic Province, Columbia River, Deccan, East Greenland, Emeishan, Ethiopian, Ferrar-Karoo-Tasmania, Iceland, Indo-Madagascar, Paraná, Siberian, West Greenland, and others. Intermediate- to small-sized flood basalts (such as Saudi Arabia and South Caucasus) are also included. 

Different chapters of the book illustrate varied features of flood basalts, including landscapes, lava flow morphology and stacking, structures formed during lava flow transport, inflation and degassing, structures produced during lava solidification, subaqueous volcanism and volcanosedimentary associations, explosive volcanism, intrusions, igneous processes and magmatic diversity, tectonic deformation, secondary mineralization, and weathering and erosion. 

This book will be valuable for a large audience: specialists studying flood basalt volcanology, petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, geophysics, and environmental impact and mass extinction links; nonspecialists who want to know more about flood basalts; field geologists (such as those working in geological surveys); students of volcanology and igneous petrology, and even people employed in the industry, such as those working on flood basalt-hosted groundwater or petroleum reservoirs. 

About the authors

Dr. Hetu Sheth (1972 - ) is a Professor of Igneous Petrology and Volcanology in the Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay, Mumbai). He earned his B.Sc. (Geology) from Mumbai University in 1992, and his M.Sc. (Applied Geology) in 1994 and PhD in 1998 from IIT Bombay. He then did post-doctoral work at the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL, Ahmedabad, India), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the University of Hawaii (USA), and the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR, Mumbai). He was Deputy Website Manager of www.mantleplumes.org (2003-05), Associate, Indian Academy of Sciences (2003-07), and Associate Editor of the Journal of Earth System Science (2004-07). He has published and reviewed many tens of papers, co-edited two research volumes, and won several awards including the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist Medal (2003), the IIT Bombay Young Investigator Award (2007), the Indian Geophysical Union (IGU) Krishnan Medal (2010), the National Geoscience Award of the Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India (2010), and the M. R. Srinivasa Rao Award in Petrology of the Geological Society of India (2017). His major research interests are flood basalt volcanism and volcanic rifted margins, and he has additional broader interests in intraplate and arc volcanism, anorthosites, granites and rhyolites, and crustal evolution.

Reviews

“This book fills a gap in the volcanological literature. … The photographs display the world of lava plains very well. … It is essentially a complement to textbooks, and should be in most geology libraries as a visual reference book. It will also appeal to the many individuals fascinated by volcanoes and impressed by the beauty of volcanic landscapes.” (Cliff Ollier, Current Science, Vol. 115 (1), July, 2018)
“A Photographic Atlas of Flood Basalt Volcanism is a rich, colorful text, with photographs describing and illustrating, in considerable detail, the volcanological features of the main flood basalt provinces from small to large scale. … I recommend this illustrated and very informative book as a major reference and field guide, not only to a wide audience of volcanologists and researchers but also for anyone interested in volcanic geotourism and geoheritage.” (Carlos Borrero, Bulletin of Volcanology, Vol. 80 (45), April, 2018)
“Excellence in any human endeavour is the culmination of planning, knowledge base, numerous work elements, cooperation among the persons involved. The photographic atlas under review, emphasizing the field geology of flood basalt volcanism (FBV), is one such example, being the first of its kind, cataloguing five hundred and eighty two (582) field photographs (each one with an explanatory note, a key reference and the photo credit) from ninety (90) contributors from twenty three (23) countries.
The atlas should be a very useful reference for undergraduate and graduate teaching and also a valuable field guide for professionals working in FBPs all over the world. It should adorn the shelves of libraries, especially the Earth Science departments all over the world. As the author hopes, this atlas should encourage field geologists to bring out atlases on individual FBPs as also on other types such as arc, Ocean Island and others.” (P. Krishnamurthy, Journal of the Geological Society of India, Vol. 92, July, 2018)

“A book like this would not have been possible 30 years ago. This is due primarily to two factors: [1] contributions from numerous studies over the last 30 years that have documented the significance of flood basalt volcanism in the geological record, including their links to mass extinction events, economically significant mineralization and groundwater resources, and CO2 sequestration. [2] Digital cameras that make taking (and storing) high-quality photographs by amateur photographers possible. As a result, documenting landscapes and specific physical features of geological phenomena has never been easier. These two overarching factors, coupled with researchers who have applied modern physical geological/volcanological techniques to the study of flood basalt volcanism, have set the stage for Hetu Sheth’s book A Photographic Atlas of Flood Basalt Volcanism. Sheth is a flood basalt expert, who is well-known for his work on the Deccan Traps (India) and other flood basalt/large igneous provinces (e.g., Ontong-Java, South Caucasus, etc.) across the world. This experience is tied to high-quality image and photo captions contributed to by 89 international collaborators (mostly geologists who also work on flood basalts), yielding an impressive archive of the diverse and spectacular geological features associated with flood basalt provinces. Thus, the book is an outstanding reference for anyone interested in better understanding flood basalt volcanism on Earth.” (Matthew E. Brueseke, Frontiers in Earth Science, Vol. 6 (115), September, 2018)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Sheth, Hetu

    Pages 1-5

  • Flood Basalt Landscapes

    Sheth, Hetu

    Pages 7-31

  • Morphology and Architecture of Flood Basalt Lava Flows and Sequences

    Sheth, Hetu

    Pages 33-79

  • Structures Formed during Transport, Inflation, and Degassing of Flood Basalt Lavas

    Sheth, Hetu

    Pages 81-108

  • Structures Formed during Cooling and Solidification of Flood Basalt Lavas

    Sheth, Hetu

    Pages 109-138

Buy this book

eBook $209.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-67705-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $269.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-67704-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Photographic Atlas of Flood Basalt Volcanism
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-67705-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-67705-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-67704-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 363
Number of Illustrations and Tables
583 illustrations in colour
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