Special Issue "Continental Accretion and Evolution"
A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2013)
Prof. Dr. David A. Foster
Understanding the evolution of the continental crust continues to be a challenge because of the diversity of environments where continental crust and subcontinental lithosphere is formed, recycled, and stabilized. This is further complicated by long-term changes in continental formation and growth processes over geological time, and subsequent modifications to the continents. Advances over recent years have come from large-scale geophysical experiments, improvements analytical methods for in-situ isotopic and elemental analysis of accessory phases, experimental petrology (igneous and metamorphic), and geodynamic modeling. This special issue will focus on the accretion and evolution of continents in the broadest sense including: (1) continental growth from juvenile materials extracted from the mantle; (2) recycling of continental lithosphere through subduction, sediment subduction/accretion, and delamination; (3) continental evolution in convergent margins through arc magmatism and accretion; and (4) role of large igneous provinces and mantle plumes in the evolution and growth continents.
Prof. Dr. David A. Foster
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- continental lithosphere
- arc magmatism
- accretionary orogens
- continental crust
- large igneous provinces
- isotope geochemistry
- granitic magmatism
- continental growth