Granites are emblematic rocks developed from a magma that crystallized in the Earth's crust. They ultimately outcrop at the surface of every continent.
This book - translated, edited, and updated from the original French edition Petrologie des Granites published by Vuibert in 2011 - gives a modern presentation of granitic rocks, or granites, from magma genesis to their emplacement into the crust and their crystallization. Mineralogical, petrological, physical, and economical aspects are developed in a succession of 14 chapters. Special 'info boxes' discuss topics for those wishing to deepen their knowledge of the subject. Also
included is a glossary, a comprehensive bibliography, as well as descriptions of modern techniques.
Granites are considered in their geological spatial and temporal frame, in relation with Plate Tectonics and Earth History, and assisted by a large number of high quality illustrations.
Anne Nedelec and Jean-Luc Bouchez are Professors in Earth Sciences at the University of Toulouse. Both are based at the Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees (Geosciences Environnement Toulouse). Anne is a petrologist, specialist of Precambrian Geology. Jean-Luc, a specialist in rock deformation, participated in the development of structural studies in magmatic rocks. Both have a broad experience in laboratory and field studies in Africa, Madagascar, Brazil, Iran, and France, among others.; Peter Bowden has been Professeur Invite in the Departement de Geologie at Universite de Saint Etienne since 1998. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Earth Sciences from 1993 to 2001, and Senior Lecturer and co-ordinator for the BSc Geochemistry degree at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, from 1987 to 1998. He is a specialist in African Geology and an expert on A-type granites.
1. What is a granite? ; 2. Origin of granitic magmas ; 3. Segregation of granitic melt ; 4. Genesis of hybrid granitoids: mingling and mixing ; 5. Transport of granitic magma ; 6. Emplacement and shape of granite plutons ; 7. Thermomechanical aspects in the country rocks around granite plutons ; 8. Crystallization of granitics magmas ; 9. Microstructures and fabrics of granites ; 10. Magnetic fabrics in granites ; 11. Zoning in granite plutons ; 12. Granites and plate tectonics ; 13. Precambrian granitic rocks ; 14. Granite metallogeny