By Dr. Robert G. Coleman (auth.)
I used to be invited to write down this ebook as a part of the Minerals, Rocks and natural fabrics sequence of Springer-Verlag via Professor Peter J. Wyllie in 1974. Ophiolites have preoccupied me ever due to the fact 1948 as a graduate pupil and as much as the current time as a part of my learn with the U.S. Geological Survey. in this interval ophiolite, an vague eu geological time period, has attained an ever-increasing significance, is now used to incorporate all fragments of old oceanic lithosphere integrated into the orogenic zones of recent and historical continental margins, and is a customary a part of the plate tectonic paradigm. the aim of this booklet is to supply a place to begin for a person attracted to the heritage and nation of information bearing on ophiolites (ancient oceanic lithosphere). simply because ophiolites signify fragments of outdated oceanic crust their tectonic atmosphere and age are very important within the reconstruction of historical plate limitations. current day plate tectonic theories contain the new release and disposal of oceanic lithosphere, in order that those old fragments of oceanic lithosphere can be utilized on to reconstruct stipulations in the historical oceans. because 1970, various conferences and meetings at once on the topic of ophiolites have prompted around the world curiosity within the topic. As a part of the foreign Correlation application, the venture "Ophiolites of Continents and similar Oceanic Rocks," used to be initiated via Dr. N. Bogdanov, Geological Institute, Moscow. This undertaking has introduced jointly a world workforce that has curious about the exceptional difficulties and is now generating a global map of ophiolite distribution.
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