Gunter Faure is a venerable figure in the field of radiogenic isotopes applied to geological investigation. He was part of a pioneering group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1950s, which did much to establish the groundwork for strontium isotope geology in particular (the book is dedicated to the group’s founder members). He has devoted a significant part of his career to education and to the publication of general textbooks. This one sets out to summarize what has been learnt from isotope research (mainly Sr isotopes) about the origins of igneous rocks and the processes responsible for...

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