This book is designed to give students a balanced and comprehensive coverage of these new advances, as well as a firm grounding in the classical aspects of igneous and metamorphic petrology. The emphasis throughout is on the processes controlling petrogenesis, but care is taken to present the important descriptive information so crucial to interpretation.
• Composition and classification of magmatic rocks.
• Thermodynamics and kinetics: An introduction.
• Silicate melts and volatile fluids in magma systems.
• Crystal melt equilibria in magmatic systems.
• Chemical dynamics of melts and crystals.
• Kinetic paths and fabric of magmatic rocks.
• Physical and thermal dynamics of bodies of magma.
• Magma ascent and emplacement: Field relations of intrusions.
• Magma extrusion: Field relations of volcanic rock bodies.
• Generation of magma.
• Differentiation of magmas.
• Magmatic petrotectonic associations.
• Metamorphic rocks and metamorphism: An overview.
• Petrography of metamorphic rocks: Fabric, composition and classification.
• Metamorphic mineral reactions and equilibria.
• Evolution of imposed metamorphic fabrics: Processes and kinetics.
• Metamorphism at convergent plate margins: P-T-T paths, facies and zones.
• Precambrian rock associations.
Earth Science undergraduates
Myron G. Best is Professor Emeritus at Brigham Young University is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and a member of the American Geophysical Union.