This is a fascinating volume and well worth reading by anyone interested in the problems of large igneous provinces (LIPs), mantle plumes, and scientific controversies. The editors’ introduction identifies the Ontong Java plateau in the SW Pacific as the most voluminous of the Earth’s LIPs with an area similar to that of western Europe representing the products of the largest known magmatic event on the planet. LIPs require some special explanation as they cannot be accounted for by normal plate tectonic processes, and this volume discusses possible causes and some of the problems these face. For the disinterested reader the...

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