This volume forms one in a long line of high-quality publications stemming from this Geological Society series. The book follows a now familiar format with an introduction and overview written by the editors, followed by a series of papers (18 in this case) written by specialists in their field. In their Introduction, the editors ask the apparently simple question which the book aims to address, namely – What mechanisms allow the continental lithosphere to be thinned to the point of rupture? In order to tackle this, the volume has been arranged into six main sections, three of which cover dynamic...

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