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“The author provides an extensive overview of the geochronological data pertaining to the Archean, and integrates this with geochemical and isotopic information. … The author has done a commendable job of compiling a mountain of geochronological and isotopic data, much of which is helpfully collated into an Appendix. … The book will be useful for research-oriented workers dealing with Archean rocks.” (Brett Davis, TAG The Australian Geologist, Issue 174, March, 2015)
"This book deals with the very first third of our planet’s long history covering all the major episodes as deciphered from the scattered rocks in all four corners of the Earth. Written by Andrew Glikson – a passionate sleuth of all earth sciences involving decades of field and laboratory investigations – has produced a grand modern overview of the Hadean and Archaean Earth." (Professor Victor Gostin, University of Adelaide)
"This book is a welcome and refreshing addition to the literature of Archaean geology. It provides pithy and up to date information on the great Archaean terrains and presents a scheme of evolution of the early crust, from mafic-ultramafic crust to tonalite-trondhjemitegreenstone crust to greenstone-granite and high-grade metamorphic crust." (Professor Hugh Davies, University of New Guinea)
"The manuscript written by Dr. A. Glikson is concerned with the early history of the Earth and the applicability of the uniformitarian doctrine for its interpretation, that is, an essential question for modern geological science. Extensive analytical data accumulated over the last few decades of regarding the structure and composition of the cratons, mainly southern hemisphere, allows to affirm the essential role of large-scale impact events in the origin of mafic-ultramafic and TTG rock associations characteristic of the Early Precambrian, as well as the predominance of accompanying vertical tectonic movements." (Professor Victor Masaitis, Karpinski Geological Institute, Russia)
"Andrew Glikson has presented an excellent synthesis relating to the history of the early earth being an up to date compilation & evaluation of the status of our knowledge on this subject. This synthesis is made all the more significant in that the author is a well versed scientist having made many contributions to Archaean geology & meteorite impact structures through numerous publications in peer reviewed journals." (Professor John Ferguson, former professor at the University of Witwatersrand and Chief Scientist at the Australian Geological Survey Organization)
"I think it is something of a magnum opus; it summarizes a great deal of what we know about Archaean geology. It will be an essential reference to anyone involved in studying Archaean terranes world-wide, from whatever perspective: geochemical, isotopic, structural, etc. Of particular significance is its non-uniformitarian approach, emphasizing the likely importance of impact events on early Earth history. Congratulations on producing such an impressive volume." (Dr John Sheraton, specialist in the study of igneous and high grade metamorphic Terrains)
"I am delighted, very impressed and appreciative that you have brought all this material together and presented it as observation-rich, wide-ranging in its content and thought- provoking in its conclusions." (Emeritus Professor David H. Green, University of Tasmania)See all Product Description