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Structure and Emplacement of High-Level Magmatic Systems

Product Code: SP302
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by K Thomson and N Petford
Publication Date: 05 September 2008
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Geological Society Special Publication 302

There are continual rounds of annual conferences, special sessions and other symposia that provide ample opportunity for researchers to convene and discuss igneous processes. However, the origin of laccoliths and sills continue to inspire and confound geologists.

In one sense, this is surprising. After all, don’t we know all we need to know about these rocks by now? As testified by the diverse range of topics covered in this volume, the answer is clearly ‘no’.

This book contains contributions on physical geology, igneous petrology, volcanology, structural geology, crustal mechanics and geophysics that cover the entire gambit of geological processes associated with the shallow emplacement of magma. High-level intrusions in sedimentary basins can also act as hydrocarbon reservoirs and as sources for thermal maturation.

In drawing together a diversity of perspectives on the emplacement of sills, laccoliths and dykes we hope to advance further our understanding of their behaviour.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-256-4
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 240
Weight: 0.80 kg


  • Preface
  • Obituary: Dr Ken Thomson, 1966–2007
  • Structure and emplacement of high-level magmatic systems: introduction, N Petford
  • Large-scale mechanics of fracture-mediated felsic magma intrusion driven by hydraulic inflation and buoyancy pumping, G J Ablay, J D Clemens & N Petford
  • Lithological and structural controls on the emplacement and morphology of sills in sedimentary basins, K Thomson & N Schofield
  • On the long-distance transport of ferrar magmas, P T Leat
  • Hyaloclastites, peperites and soft-sediment deformation textures of a shallow aqueous Miocene rhyolitic dome–cryptodome complex, Pálháza, Hungary, K Németh, Z Pécskay, U Martin, K Gméling, F Molnár & S J Cronin
  • Volcanic craters, pit craters and high-level magma-feeding systems of a mafic island-arc volcano: Ambrym, Vanuatu, South Pacific, K Németh & S J Cronin
  • Constraining melt concentration and strain distribution around basalt dykes in partially molten olivines, S Vinciguerra, X Xiao & B Evans
  • Evolution and morphology of saucer-shaped sills in analogue experiments, A P Bunger, R G Jeffrey & E Detournay
  • Hydrofracturing-related sill and dyke displacement at shallow crustal levels: the Eastern Elba Complex, Italy, F Mazzarini & G Musumeci
  • Magma emplacement in a transfer zone: the Miocene mafic Orano dyke swarm of Elba Island, Tuscany, Italy, A Dini, D S Westerman, F Innocenti & S Rocchi
  • Emplacement of the Etive Dyke Swarm, Scotland: implications of dyke morphology and AMS data, G A Morris, M Kamada & V Martinez
  • The structure, fabrics and AMS of the Slieve Gullion ring-complex, Northern Ireland: testing the ring-dyke emplacement model, C T E Stevenson, B O’driscoll, E P Holohan R Couchman, R J Reavy & G D M Andrews
  • Concentric and radial joint systems within basic sills and their associated porosity enhancement, Neuquén Basin, Argentina, A Bermúdez & D H Delpino
  • Textural analysis of a Late Palaeozoic coherent–pyroclastic rhyolitic dyke system near Burkersdorf (Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany), C Winter, C Breitkreuz & M Lapp


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