This volume is the fourth in a series, published jointly by GSA and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in which selected contributions from the quadrennial Hutton symposia are published. The twenty-three papers reflect the flavor of the meeting, which in turns reflects the status of research on problems related to granitic rocks at the close of the 20th century. This continuing series of symposia was conceived in the 1980’s and first held in Edinburgh in 1987 to commemorate James Hutton and his initial address to the Royal Society concerning the initially fluid, or magmatic, state of granite. Though titled “The...

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