The variety of volcanic activity in the Solar System is widely recognised, yet the majestic sequences of magmatic processes that operate within an active planet are much less well known. Providing an exposition of igneous rocks, magmas and volcanic erupsions, this book brings together magnetic and volcanic data from different tectonic settings, and planets, with explanations of how they fit together. It systematically examines composition, origin and evolution of common igneous rocks, yet also examines a variety of rare magnetic rocks that play a crucial role in the global magma/igneous rock system.
1. Historical Account of Magma/Igneous Rocks Systems
2. Classifying Materials in the Magma System
3. Heat Flow and Planetary Interior
4. Volancism and Planetary Development
5. Partial Melting and Movement of Magma
6. Evolution of Diverse Rock Associations
7. Picrobasalts and Basalts
8. Convergent Plate Margins and Their Magmas
9. Granites - the Crusty Enigma
10. Magmas and Rocks of the Midalkaline Suite
11. Alkaline Magmatism
13. Origins - the Role of Magma in Planetary Evolution.