Magnatism is the only true endogenic process for generating new material on the Earth's surface. Obviously, magmatism and tectonic movements are reflections of geodynamics, that is, physical processes which occur in deep-seated environments. What are the interrelationships between magmatism and tectronics? How did the character of terrestrial magmatism change through time and are there any irregularities in this process?
1. Principles of petrological analysis of igneous rocks 2. Magmatism in the context of the present-day tectonic settings 3. Magmatism of Phanerozoic fold belts 4. Phanerozoic anorogenic magmatism 5. Early Proterozoic magmatism and geodynamics — evidence of a fundamental change in the Earth's evolution 6. Magmatism and geodynamics in the Archaean 7. General features of magmatic evolution throughout the Earth's history 8. Terrestrial and lunar magmatism: An evolutionary overview 9. The sources and origin of magmas 10. Conclusions