Serpentinites: Recorders of Tectonic and Petrological History

Hardcover | February 1, 1996

byDavid S. OHanley

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Serpentinites, a major source of both ornamental facing stone in architecture and asbestos, are considered enigmatic rocks due to their apparent complexity. Yet studying serpentinites and the processes that form them is essential to understanding the formations in the Earth's tectonic plates. This book presents the geological history of serpentinites, from detailed descriptions and photographs in outcrop and under the microscope, to models describing the distribution of serpentine minerals and the formation of chrysotile-asbestos deposits. Students pursuing research topics inserpentinites or Earth scientists investigating tectonic processes in mid-ocean ridges will find this a useful reference book.

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Serpentinites, a major source of both ornamental facing stone in architecture and asbestos, are considered enigmatic rocks due to their apparent complexity. Yet studying serpentinites and the processes that form them is essential to understanding the formations in the Earth's tectonic plates. This book presents the geological history ...

David S. O'Hanley is at Trinity School at River Ridge.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 10 × 7.01 × 0.1 inPublished:February 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195082540

ISBN - 13:9780195082548

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Table of Contents

1. Serpentine and Serpentinites2. Serpentine-Group Minerals and the Processes which Form Them3. Patterns in Outcrop4. Textures in Thin Section5. Hydration and Serpentinization of Peridotites6. Serpentine Recrystallization and Replacement7. Deserpentinization8. Rodingites, Albinites, and Other Rocks Formed by Metasomatism9. Carbonates, Sulfides, and Serpentine-Related Mineralization10. Geochemical and Geophysical Data11. Serpentinization Events12. Chrysotile Asbestos Deposits13. Serpentinites in their Tectonic Settings14. Epilogue

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"A treasure house of information. . . .Although the book will appeal mostly to mineralogists and petrologists, geophysicists and tectonophysicists should also pursue the book."--Eos