This book is a collection of 23 papers following a Special Pardee Symposium held at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Boston during November 2001. The book provides a fascinating insight into the development of thoughts by many of the key figures in the past on what ophiolites are, how they form, and how they become emplaced onto continental margins. Ever since the first definition of an ophiolite by the French mineralogist Alexandre Brongniart in 1813, ophiolites have been recognized as key components of most orogenic belts throughout Earth history. It was Gustav Steinmann who first...

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