With 750 heavy-gloss pages, this is a weighty tome, but it is also packed with good things, covering alkaline magmatism around the Parana Basin (mainly Brazil, but stretching into Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina). Reference is made to Namibia-Angola (south west Africa) with which this region was contiguous prior to the opening of the south Atlantic, where there was contemporaneous activity—for anyone interested in the global connections it may be noted that contemporaneous alkaline igneous activity extends right across Africa and beyond so the Parana Basin is possibly part of a wider activity pattern in South America. Alkaline magmatism here...

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