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Book review: Large igneous provinces

October 31, 2015

This book presents a comprehensive compilation of all aspects of large igneous provinces (LIPs). Published in 2014, the book is now the definitive source of information on the petrogenesis of this type of globally important, voluminous magmatic activity. In the first few pages, LIPs are characterized as magmatic provinces with areal extents >0.1 Mkm2 that are dominated by mafic magmas emplaced or erupted in intraplate settings during relatively short (1–5 m.y.) time intervals. Given these parameters, particularly areal extent, LIPs clearly represent significant contributions to global geologic evolution through time. This point is underscored, also in the introductory chapter, by a series of figures that aptly characterize the global time-space distribution of LIPs; an accompanying, particularly useful table identifies individual LIPs, quantifies their basic characteristics, and enumerates pertinent references. Accordingly, this compilation is a welcome addition to the geologic literature.

Review info: Large Igneous Provinces. By Richard E. Ernst. 2014. ISBN 978-0-521-87177-8. 653 pp.

Publication Year 2015
Title Book review: Large igneous provinces
DOI 10.2113/econgeo.110.7.1908
Authors Edward A. du Bray
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Economic Geology
Index ID 70155873
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center