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Serpentinites and Other Ultramafic Rocks

Eldridge M. Moores

in Serpentine

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268357
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268357.003.0001
Serpentinites and Other Ultramafic Rocks

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This chapter focuses on the general nature and geologic history of serpentine and its antecedent related rocks, and how regional differences in serpentinites relate to the specific history of a particular region, beginning with the basic structure of the Earth and the nature of peridotites and ultramafic rocks. It discusses the history of the ophiolite concept and how it influenced plate tectonics, an account of our understanding of ophiolites today, ophiolites through time, and other occurrences of serpentinite. The history section partly includes the author's personal story, as he has worked on ophiolites since the mid-1960s.

Keywords: geologic history; serpentine; rocks; peridotites; ophiolites; plate tectonics

Chapter.  10110 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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