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Chemical, Physical and Temporal Evolution of Magmatic Systems

Product Code: SP422
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by L. Caricchi and J. D. Blundy
Publication Date: 05 November 2015
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Special Publication 422

Our understanding of the physical and chemical processes that regulate the evolution of magmatic systems has improved tremendously since the foundations were laid down 100 years ago by Bowen. The concept of crustal magma chambers has progressively evolved from molten-rock vats to thermally, chemically and physically heterogeneous reservoirs that are kept active by the periodic injection of magma. This new model, while more complex, provides a better framework to interpret volcanic activity and decipher the information contained in intrusive and extrusive rocks.

Igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, and numerical modelling, all contributed towards this new picture of crustal magmatic systems. This book provides an overview of the wide range of approaches that can nowadays be used to understand the chemical, physical and temporal evolution of magmatic and volcanic systems.

Published online 22/10/2015. Print copies available from 05/11/2015.


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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781862397323
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 223
Weight: 0.85 kg


The temporal evolution of chemical and physical properties of magmatic systems

CARICCHI, L. & BLUNDY, J. The temporal evolution of chemical and physical properties of magmatic systems

Magma fluxes and phase equilibria

BOUVET DE MAISONNEUVE, C., COSTA, F., PATIA, H. & HUBER, C. Mafic magma replenishment, unrest and eruption in a caldera setting: insights from the 2006 eruption of Rabaul (Papua New Guinea)

FLOESS, D. & BAUMGARTNER, L. P. Constraining magmatic fluxes through thermal modelling of contact metamorphism

MUIR, D. D., BARFOD, D. N., BLUNDY, J. D., RUST, A. C., SPARKS, R.S.J. & CLARKE, K. M. The temporal record of magmatism at Cerro Uturuncu, Bolivian Altiplano

ZANON, V. Conditions for mafic magma storage beneath fissure zones at oceanic islands. The case of São Miguel Island (Azores archipelago)

Phase equilibria, physical properties of magma and melt extraction

CARICCHI, L. & BLUNDY, J. Experimental petrology of monotonous intermediate magmas

MONTAGNA, C. P., PAPALE, P. & LONGO, A. Timescales of mingling in shallow magmatic reservoirs

Architecture of subvolcanic reservoirs

COOPER, K. M. Timescales of crustal magma reservoir processes: insights from U-series crystal ages

ZELLMER, G. F., RUBIN, K. H., MILLER, C. A., SHELLNUTT, J. G., BELOUSOV,A. & BELOUSOVA, M. Resolving discordant U–Th–Ra ages: constraints on petrogenetic processes of recent effusive eruptions at Tatun Volcano Group, northern Taiwan

Volcanic conduits

REUBI, O., SIMS, K. W. W., VARLEY, N., REAGAN,M.&EIKENBERG, J. Timescales of degassing and conduit dynamics inferred from 210Pb –226Ra disequilibria in Volcán de Colima 1998 – 2010 andesitic magmas

PLA,F. & ÁLVAREZ-VALERO, A. M. Biot number constraints on the thermal regime of acidic magmas in the subvolcanic crust: an integrated approach using numerical modelling and petrology



Mark Griffin

Featured in Geoscientist vol 27/4 May 2017

This volume presents the modern understanding of the chemical, physical and thermal evolution of crustal magmatic/volcanic systems derived from recent research advances in igneous/metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, geochronology and numerical/thermal modelling.

Introduced with a contextual overview paper, the volume contains 10 recent contributions organised into four fully-indexed thematic sections: 1: magma fluxes and phase equilibria, 2: phase equilibria, physical properties of magma and melt extractions, 3: architecture of subvolcanic reservoirs and 4: volcanic conduits.

A thorough review of contemporary developments within this field, the anticipated readership is expected to be from postgraduate researchers and professional academic geoscientists specialising in igneous petrology and petrogenesis, geochemistry and allied disciplines. All contributions are well-written and edited, with clear and appropriate figures, photographs and data-tables, augmented with a spectacular cover photograph as a bonus!

In summary, the inherent complexities of the evolving perspective of magmatic systems reveal an account of ‘mushmatism’ more than magmatism. A fascinating and recommended read.

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