Glazner and Bartley (2006) suggest that stoping is an insignificant to potentially nonexistent process in the emplacement and evolution of magmatic systems. We strongly disagree with this conclusion and present here a number of alternative perspectives, which we group into three categories: after a brief discussion of the definitions of stoping and rafts versus stoped blocks, we discuss (1) the characteristics and interpretation of pluton–host rock contacts, (2) the characteristics and interpretations of host rock xenoliths in plutons, and (3) several general issues raised by their paper.

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Historically, the idea of stoped blocks and rafts in plutons extends back to...

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