Petrological evolution of the European lithospheric mantle: introduction
Published:January 01, 2010
Massimo Coltorti, Hilary Downes, Michel Grégoire, Suzanne Y. O’Reilly, 2010. "Petrological evolution of the European lithospheric mantle: introduction", Petrological Evolution of the European Lithospheric Mantle, M. Coltorti, H. Downes, M. Grégoire, S. Y. O’Reilly
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This volume, together with its companion volume in Journal of Petrology (Volume 50, No. 7), is the result of the EMAW (European MAntle Workshop: Petrological evolution of the European Lithospheric Mantle: from Archean to Present Day) held in Ferrara from 29 to 31 August 2007. The meeting was organized by M. Coltorti (Earth Sciences Department, University of Ferrara), H. Downes (Birkbeck College, London University), M. Grégoire (Observatoire Midi Pyrénées, CNRS, Toulouse) and S. Y. O'Reilly (ARC National Key Centre, GEMOC, Macquarie University), and was sponsored by the University of Ferrara, the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS) of the same university, the Gruppo Nazionale di Petrografia (GNP) and the Federazione Italiana di Scienze della Terra (FIST). The organizers would like to express their deep satisfaction with the success of the meeting and the enthusiasm it provoked, as well as a sincere thanks to all participants for their contributions. Almost 100 researchers participated in the meeting, coming from most European countries, China, Japan and Australia.
The meeting was an attempt to homogenize the different databases and models that have been developed from many years of study on European mantle xenoliths, peridotite massifs, ophiolites and mafic magmas spanning in age from Archaen to Recent times. Xenoliths from Europe are mostly entrained in Cenozoic mafic magmas, and the imprints of older events may be difficult to recognize in these materials. On the other hand, ophiolites and peridotite massifs record events confined to the Mesozoic history of the upper mantle, while the mafic magmas
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Petrological Evolution of the European Lithospheric Mantle
Several different databases and models have been developed over many years of petrological study carried out by several European and non-European groups on mantle xenoliths, peridotite massifs, ophiolites and mafic magmas spanning in age from Archaean to Recent times. This volume aims to bring together these different approaches and to integrate the geochemical perceptions of the European upper mantle. The papers include regional petrological studies of the European lithospheric mantle, from Spain to the Pannonian Basin, from Corsica and Serbia as far north as Svalbard. Six contributions are based on studies of mantle xenoliths, while the remaining three deal with ophiolitic and peridotitic complexes. A further article provides an update on the textural classification of mantle rocks using a computer-aided approach and there is an introductory overview.