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The Nature and Origin of Granite


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1 The historical perspective: an ever changing emphasis.- 2 The categories of granitic rocks: the search for a genetic typology.- 3 Granite as a chemical system: the experimental impact.- 4 The physical nature of granitic magmas: a case of missing information.- 5 The evolution of the granitic texture: a continuum of crystal growth.- 6 Differentiation in granitic magmas: zoning as an example of multifactorial processes at work.- 7 The volcano-plutonic interface: not Read's hiatus.- 8 The evidence for restite: unmixing as an alternative hypothesis.- 9 The mingling and mixing of granite with basalt: a third term in a multiple hypothesis.- 10 Appinites, diatremes and granodiorites: the interaction of `wet' basalt with granite.- 11 Controls of upwelling and emplacement: the response of the envelope: balloons, pistons and reality.- 12 On the rates of emplacement, crystallization and cooling.- 13 Oceanic plagiogranite: rarely seen but genetically important.- 14 Cordilleran-type batholiths: magmatism and crust formation at a plate edge.- 15 Intraplate magmatism: mainly the A-type, alkali feldspar granites.- 16 Migmatites: are they a source of granitic plutons?.- 17 The waning stages: the role of volatiles in the genesis of pegmatites and metal ores.- 18 The sources of granitic magmas in their various global tectonic niches.- 19 A kind of conclusion: a search for order among multifactorial processes and multifarious interactions.

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