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Rock, N. M. S.; Bowes, D. R. (contributor); Wright, A. E. (contributor).

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ISBN 10: 0442303963 / ISBN 13: 9780442303969
Published by Blackie / Van Nostrand Reinhold, Glasgow / New York, 1991
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Hardback octavo, dustjacket, very good condition (in very good dustjacket), figures, minor edge tears jacket, bumped section mid-spine (small tear jacket spine repaired), owner's written name. 285 pp. Lamprophyres are a group of alkali-rich igneous rocks that occur in a wide variety of geological settings worldwide. They are minor intrusions, and are associated with major periods of magmatism. Lamprophyres are known to originate from great depths and to be very rich in fluids, and they have recently been shown to contain minerals such as gold and diamond (similar to kimberlites). This book provides a comprehensive overview of lamprophyres, and discusses the distribution, occurrence and types of lamprophyre, together with associated rock types and their growing importance in economic geology. The book is written for geologists, geochemists and petrologists, but will be of considerable interest to economic geologists and those involved in research and exploitation of strategic mineral resources (From library of geologist Eric Middlemost.). Bookseller Inventory # 15042

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Title: Lamprophyres.

Publisher: Blackie / Van Nostrand Reinhold, Glasgow / New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Following their recognition by Gumbel (1874), lamprophyres were treated for an entire century as little more than obscure curiosities. Although this situation has changed recently, with a flowering of publications and active workers, lamprophyres remain almost the only group of igneous rocks which have not yet received attention in a dedicated monograph. In five exploratory reviews (1977-1987), the writer aimed to set out what was known about these rocks. The lUGS Subcommission on igneous rock systematics had meanwhile presented its nomenclatural framework (Streckeisen 1979). All this has now been overtaken by a recent explosion of interest, epitomized not least by lamprophyres' greater prominence in the 4th International Kimberlite Conference Proceedings. More data have become available since 1985 than over the entire previous century, and it is obviously impossible for such an extraordinary outpouring to be fully reviewed in this first, preliminary book. At the risk of dissatisfying some readers, therefore, this book concentrates on factual matters, and on a broad overview rather than minutiae. Because not even a world map of known lamprophyres was previously available, almost half the book is deliberately taken up by the first global lamprophyre compilation, and its commensurately extensive Bibliography. Such a compendium of largely objective information is believed to be of more immediate interest and lasting value than a premature pottage of petrogenetic polemic. Chapters 1-7 bring previous studies up to date, and concentrate on factual information.

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