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Tectonics and the Formation of Magmas by Yu. M. Sheinmann

By Yu. M. Sheinmann

It is a excitement to any writer to magnify the circle of his readers. clearly this can be a excitement to me. even as, in spite of the fact that, misgivings come up: no matter if those pages will con­ vey to the circle of latest readers the suggestions that excite the writer. technology is advancing swiftly in our day. it really is already obvious that many stuff within the ebook must have been acknowledged in a different way. i've got attempted to make additions to the English-language variation in any such manner that they don't require nice alteration of the textual content. I ask my new readers to recollect that this e-book was once written essentially for my fellow countrymen and that, due to this, a few chapters include descriptions of areas little recognized to you and data at the USSR nearly unknown from different guides. i am hoping that, regardless of this, geologists who learn the English-language variation will locate anything of curiosity to themselves in it and that their exertions don't have been in useless. Yu. M. Sheinmann Institute of Phys ics of the Earth Moscow v PREFACE The research of endogenetic tactics has lengthy driven us into research of ever deeper components of the earth. now not in the past all realization was once excited by depths the place ore deposits look, the place metamorphic and igneous rocks, which later develop into uncovered on the floor, are shaped, the place granites originate.

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It is therefore impossible to shed light on the connections between the different kinds of rocks. Two phases are distinguished in the 'subvolcanic complex on the Isle of Skye. The first (and principal) is represented by large bodies. , this series corresponds to the second and third stages on Mull, where the larger intrusions are assigned to this same phase. The second intrusive phase on Skye is represented by small intrusions. The sequence in these , SiOZ tlJlJlJ \ PRIMARY MAGMAS is complex, indicated by the following ser ies: sills of complex composition -sills of basic rocks -acidic intrusions -dikes of basalt and dikes and sills of basic rocks -small ultrabasic bodies -trachyte and trachyandesite bodiesvolcanic glass (dikes) - dikes of basic rocks.

Interruption in sedimentation at the end of the Jurassic was accompanied not only by erosion and planation but also by the formation of a lateritic weathering crust, which is now preserved in many places beneath the trap. We may draw some conclusion on the basis of what we have stated above: 1) the lavas poured out after general uplift of the region and a rather high plateau had been formed, and 2) all the previous history of the region fails to lead us to believe that the present lava field corresponds to the zone of older subsidence.

The Eocene, imrocks (after Richey [1935]) .. mediately underlying the volcanic rocks, is everywhere continental. And the character of the lavas themselves in the lower part of the sequences (where these lower units are accessible to observation) indicates subaerial eruptions. In any case, there are no grounds for seeking any great ocean depths near the present Hebrides or the Faeroe Islands before the beginning or at the beginning of volcanic activity. This was a continental region, which stretched across the present Atlantic to Greenland.

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