This timely book by Kent Condie seeks to review and synthesize the vast abundance of literature on mantle plumes which has been published, particularly over the last 10–15 years. The book is enjoyably multidisciplinary, with ‘something for everyone’: geochemists, petrologists, geologists, geophysicists, even palaeontologists. Furthermore, the many outstanding controversies are highlighted and reviewed in an even-handed manner.

This book successfully highlights the fundamental role played by mantle plumes throughout geological history, not only through the formation of Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs), but also in continental growth and break-up and even in the development of life.

The book starts with an...

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