This book presents an integrated approach to the study of the evolution of the Archean lithosphere, biosphere and atmosphere, and as such it is a unique contribution to our understanding of the early Earth and life. The structural and geochemical make-up of both the oceanic and continental crust of the Archean Earth is documented in some case studies of various cratons, and the implications of the Phanerozoic plate and plume tectonic processes for the Archean geology are discussed in several chapters in the book. All chapters are process-oriented and data-rich, and reflect the most recent knowledge and information on the Archean Earth. The interdisciplinary approach of examining the evolution of the Archean crust, oceans, and life that we adopt in this book sets it apart from previous publications on Precambrian geology.
The book will be attractive to researchers in academia and in industry, and to senior undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in earth and natural sciences.
Number of pages: 418
Weight: 9037 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201
"The volume edited by DrLEK & FURNES marks serious advance in our knowledge about the Hadean and Archean Earth. ... The volume boasts by rich and accurate illustrations, including many those given in colour. ... the volume edited by DrLEK & FURNES will be very interesting to specialists in the Precambrian geology and geobiology/palaeontology. Some MS and PhD students with advanced knowledge in this subject will also appreciate it." (Dmitry A. Ruban, Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie, Vol. 2015 (3-4), Decmeber, 2016)
"The book's 14 chapters focus on the origins of Archean greenstone belts. ... The volume is richly illustrated with both color and black-and-white maps, photographs, and diagrams. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers/faculty." (J. T. Andrews, Choice, Vol. 52 (1), September, 2014)
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