In many respects, this book is an outgrowth of the Geological Society of America Special Volume 388, “Plates, Plumes, and Paradigms” (edited by Foulger, G.R., Natland, J.H., Presnall, D.C., and Anderson, D.L, 2005). That volume is notable both for the prevalence of papers that set out to disprove the mantle plume hypothesis, for minimal peer review, and for unreviewed commentaries at the end of many papers by Don Anderson; a few papers, however, were included that reported data endorsing the plume hypothesis for some examples of intraplate magmatism.

In contrast, Foulger’s book makes no attempt at a balanced account of...

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