As the collected papers in this volume aptly demonstrate, chemical and textural records contained within crystals have become increasingly useful tools for understanding the evolution of magmatic systems. An essential component of studies of the dynamics of magmatic systems is the ability to place the thermal, physical, and compositional evolution of magmas in a temporal context. Studies of the kinetics of crystal growth and reaction, and of diffusive re-equilibration of crystals and melts, can provide information about the duration of magmatic processes such as magma ascent (Rutherford 2008), crystal growth (Hammer 2008), and residence of crystals...

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