Komatiite, by Nicholas Arndt and the team of Michael Lesher and Stephen Barnes, demonstrates how much has been learned about this rock type since publication of the similarly named 1982 volume edited by N. Arndt and E.G. Nesbit. As far as possible, the new book focuses on the igneous aspects of komatiitic magmatism, although metamorphic processes cannot be avoided entirely. It is divided into two main parts, each containing seven chapters. The first part is entirely written by Arndt and is generally more descriptive in nature. The second part, with two chapters contributed by the team of Barnes and Lesher,...

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