This book is dedicated to the late Prof. A.E. Ringwood of the Australian National University and was largely written by colleagues. The subject, the Earth’s mantle, is one that Ringwood had considerable influence on and this compilation of modern work is indeed a fitting tribute. The views expressed are not all accepted mainstream ideas (although the data are mounting to support many of them) which gives the book a touch of controversy, making it an interesting and thought-provoking read. The volume is divided into three parts: three chapters discussing Accretion and Differentiation of the Earth; four chapters dealing with the...

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