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Springer Geology

Origin of Potassium-rich Silica-deficient Igneous Rocks

Authors: Gupta, Alok Krishna

  • Summarizes the occurrence, geo-chemistry, mineralogy, petrology and phase-equilibria studies of an intriguing group of igneous rocks, the potassium-rich mafic and ultramafic rocks
  • Discusses the genesis of rocks in details
  • Serves as a valuable reference book for researchers and academicians in the discipline
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The book summarizes the occurrence, geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology and phase-equilibria studies in air and under high pressures related to the most intriguing group of potassium-rich mafic and ultramafic rocks, often including host of exotic mineral assemblages including feldspathoids. Mantle-derived K-rich melts had intrigued most of the founders of Geology and many of the later experts in the field of Igneous Petrology, because they are sometimes associated with carbonatites and even diamond. They tend to contain anomalous concentration of many such elements as K, Rb, Sr, U, F, P, etc., along with Ni, Co and Cr indicating a mixture of crust and mantle materials. Although these rocks occur rarely in ancient geologic time, they have been erupting mostly in modern geological history (less than last 120 Ma or so). Are the old age data real or the result of a sampling problem? Modern observations leave no doubt that sediments must be subducted on a large scale. There is now evidence that the upper mantle (and perhaps even the lower mantle) is not homogeneous but rather like a fruit cake, and that there are thermal anomalies in the mantle resulting from deep mantle plumes or subduction. Is this related to release of these unusual rocks clearing the mantle of left over subduction materials? This volume, written for those interested in the geochemistry of K-rich melts from the deep Earth, reviews the present state of knowledge of these unique igneous rocks. The author is an expert in the field of Igneous Petrology and the book will serve as a valuable reference book for researchers and academicians in the discipline.

About the authors

Dr. Alok K Gupta was born on December 25, 1942. He received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (USA), and conducted his post-doctoral studies at the following Universities: Pittsburgh (USA, three years), Western Ontario (Canada, three years), Ruhr (Germany, one year), Hokkaido (Japan, two years), Melbourne and Tasmania Universities (Australia, one year each). He had been Visiting Professors at the Universities of Texas (USA) and Bristol (UK). He had been the Founder Director of the National Centre of Experimental Mineralogy and Petrology and Founder Head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Allahabad. He is presently an Emeritus Professor and the Raja Ramanna Fellow of the Atomic Energy Commission. Dr. Gupta has received many awards in his distinguished career, such as Career Award (University Grants Commission), Shanti Swaroop Bhatanagar Prize (C.S.I.R), Rhode Memorial Award (Indian Science Congress Association), Best Teacher Award (Allahabad University), Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Lecture Award of the Indian National Science Academy and Birbal Sahani Gold Medal (Indian Science Congress Association). He is a fellow of all the three National Science Academies of India. He had been Vice-President of both Indian National Science Academy and National Academy of Science (India). He had been an associate editor of the Proceedings Earth and Planetary Sciences (Indian Academy of Sciences) and Managing Editor of the Journal of National Academy Science Letters.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gupta, Alok Krishna

    Pages 1-10

  • Mineralogy

    Gupta, Alok Krishna

    Pages 11-67

  • Classification

    Gupta, Alok Krishna

    Pages 69-87

  • Different Localities of Potassium-Rich Silica-Undersaturated Igneous Rocks and Their Silica-Rich Variants

    Gupta, Alok Krishna

    Pages 89-209

  • Minor and Rare Earth Element Geochemistry of K-Rich Silica-Undersaturated Igneous Rocks

    Gupta, Alok Krishna

    Pages 211-244

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2083-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $169.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2082-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-81-322-3549-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Origin of Potassium-rich Silica-deficient Igneous Rocks
Authors
Series Title
Springer Geology
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Springer India
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-2083-1
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-2083-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-2082-4
Softcover ISBN
978-81-322-3549-1
Series ISSN
2197-9545
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 536
Number of Illustrations
229 b/w illustrations
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