First, a statement of bias: I am not a neutral reviewer. When I was asked by the review coordinator to comment on “Komatiite”, I refused repeatedly, on grounds of conflict of interest, as I have worked with Nick Arndt for many years and have a very high respect for his expertise and critical skill. The book-review coordinator mailed the book anyway!

That disclaimed, this is a superb book. For decades to come, it will be the definitive work on these important rocks. Any department that teaches senior courses in igneous petrology must make certain this is in the library. This...

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