Two centuries after Hutton's "Theory of the Earth"; the status of granite science

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Authors:Clarke, D. Barrie
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Dalhousie University, Department of Earth Sciences, Halifax, NS, Canada
U. S Geological Survey, United States
University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Volume Title:third Hutton symposium on the Origin of granites and related rocks
Volume Authors:Brown, M., editor; Candela, P. A.; Peck, D. L.; Stephens, W. E.; Walker, R. J.; Zen, E-an
Source:Special Paper - Geological Society of America, Vol.315, p.353-359; The third Hutton symposium on the Origin of granites and related rocks, College Park, MD, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 1995, edited by M. Brown, P. A. Candela, D. L. Peck, W. E. Stephens, R. J. Walker and E-an Zen. Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States. ISSN: 0072-1077. ISBN: 0-8137-2325-9
Publication Date:1996
Note:In English. 20 refs.Copubl. with R. Soc. of Edinburgh; illus.
Summary:Granite is the final product of the high-T, magmatic, predominantly endogenic, chemical differentiation of the Earth. A brief historical overview is given of research involving direct observation, analogue experimentation and numerical modelling. Current research activity involves large components of mineralogical-petrological-geochemical and structural-tectonic work, with lower levels of experimental, geophysical and geochronological investigations. Many important questions concerning the thermal, physical and chemical aspects of the origin and evolution of granites remain. The time will come when the granite problem will be 'solved', or, more precisely, when enough answers are satisfactory and too few important anomalies remain. Then, according to the law of diminishing returns, we will make less progress and get less satisfaction for the same investment of time, effort and money. [R.A.H.]
Subjects:Differentiation; Granites; History; Hutton, James; Igneous rocks; Numerical models; Philosophy; Plutonic rocks
Abstract Numbers:97M/930
Record ID:1997012363
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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