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Dynamics of Crustal Magma Transfer, Storage and Differentiation

Product Code: SP304
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by C Annen and G F Zellmer
Publication Date: 20 August 2008
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Geological Society Special Publication 304

Magmas are subject to a series of processes that lead to their differentiation during transfer through, and storage within, the Earth’s crust. The depths and mechanisms of differentiation, the crustal contribution to magma generation through wall-rock assimilation, the rates and timescales of magma generation, transfer and storage, and how these link to the thermal state of the crust are subject to vivid debate and controversy. This volume presents a collection of research articles that provide a balanced overview of the diverse approaches available to elucidate these topics, and includes both theoretical models and case studies. By integrating petrological, geochemical and geophysical approaches, it provides new insights to the subject of magmatic processes operating within the Earth’s crust, and reveals important links between subsurface processes and volcanism.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-258-8
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 296
Weight: 0.92 kg


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • An introduction to magma dynamics, G F Zellmer & C Annen

Magma transfer: from mantle to surface

  • Some first-order observations on magma transfer from mantle wedge to upper
  • crust at volcanic arcs, G F Zellmer
  • Probing Stromboli volcano from the mantle to paroxysmal eruptions, C Cigolini, M Laiolo, & S Bertolino

Dynamics of magma transport

  • A rigorous tool for evaluating the importance of viscous dissipation
  • in sill formation: it’s in the tip, A P Bunger
  • Dynamics of magma supply to Kīlauea volcano, Hawaii: integrating seismic, geodetic and eruption data, T L Wright & F W Klein
  • Magnetic signatures associated with magma ascent and stagnation at Popocatepetl volcano,
  • Mexico, during 2006, A L Martin-Del Pozzo, G Cifuentes, E Gonzá Lez, A Martinez & F Mendiola

Magma reservoir dynamics

  • Understanding crystal populations and their significance through the magma plumbing system, D A Jerram & V M Martin
  • Evidence for a short-lived stratified magma chamber: petrology of the Z-To5 tephra layer (c. 5.8 ka) at Zao volcano, NE Japan, M Ban, H Sagawa, K Miura & S Hirotani

Processes of silicic melt generation

  • Uranium-series isotope and thermal constraints on the rate and depth of silicic magma genesis, A Dosseto, S P Turner, M Sandiford & J Davidson
  • Long-term geochemical variability of the Late Cretaceous Tuolumne Intrusive Suite, central Sierra Nevada, California, W Gray, A F Glazner, D S Coleman & J M Bartley
  • Construction, solidification and internal differentiation of a large felsic arc pluton: Cathedral Peak granodiorite, Sierra Nevada Batholith, S D Burgess & J S Miller
  • Snake River Plain – Yellowstone silicic volcanism: implications for magma genesis and magma fluxes, W P Leeman, C Annen & J Dufek
  • Uniform processes of melt differentiation in the central Izu Bonin volcanic arc (NW Pacific), S M Straub
  • Index


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