Earth's Oldest Rocks

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780444528100
eBook ISBN: 9780080552477
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 24th September 2007
Page Count: 1330
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Earth’s Oldest Rocks provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of early Earth, from planetary accretion through to development of protocratons by c. 3.2 Ga. The book is divided into two chapters on early Earth history, ten chapters on the geology of specific cratons, and two chapters on early Earth analogues and the tectonic framework of early Earth. Individual contributions address topics that range from planetary accretion, a review of Earth meteorites, significance and composition of Hadean protocrust, composition of Archaean mantle and deep crust, all aspects of the geology of Paleoarchean cratons, composition of Archean oceans and hydrothermal environments, evidence and geological settings of early life, early Earth analogues from Venus and New Zealand, and a tectonic framework for early Earth.

Table of Contents


Preface 1.Aims, scope and outline of the book: Martin J. Van Kranendonk, R. Hugh Smithies, and Vickie Bennett

Chapter 1: Introduction

  1. Overview and history of investigation of early Earth rocks: Brian Windley
  2. The distribution of Paleoarchean crust: Kent Condie

Chapter 2: Planetary accretion and the Hadean to Eoarchaean Earth - Building the Foundation

  1. The formation of the Earth and Moon: Stuart Ross Taylor
  2. Early solar system materials, processes, and chronology: Alex W.R. Bevan
  3. Dynamics of the Hadean and Archean Mantle: Geoff Davies
  4. The enigma of the terrestrial protocrust: Evidence for its former existence and the importance of its complete disappearance: Balz Kamber
  5. The oldest terrestrial mineral record: A review of 4400 to 3900 Ma detrital zircons from Jack Hills, Western Australia: Aaron J. Cavosie, John W. Valley and Simon A. Wilde
  6. Evidence of pre-3100 Ma crust in the Youanmi and South West Terranes, and Eastern Goldfields Superterrane of the Yilgarn Craton: Stephen Wyche

Chapter 3: Eoarchean gneiss complexes

  1. The early Archean Acasta Gneiss Complex: Geological, geochronological and isotopic studies, and implications for early crustal evolution: Iizuka, T., Komiya, T., Ueno, Y. and Maruyama, S.
  2. Ancient Antarctica: The Archean of the East Antarctic Shield: Simon L. Harley and Nigel M. Kelly
  3. The Itsaq Gneiss Complex of southern West Greenland and the construction of Eoarchean crust at convergent plate boundaries: Allen P. Nutman, Clark R.L. Friend, Kenji Horie, and Hiroshi Hidaka
  4. The geology of the 3.8 Ga Nuvvuagittuq (Porpoise Cove) greenstone belt, northeastern Superior Province, Canada: J


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