Earth’s Oldest Rocks (2nd Edition). Martin van Kranendonk, Vickie Bennett, and Elis Hoffmann, Editors. 2018. Elsevier. 1112 Pp. Paperback ISBN 978-0-444639011; eBook ISBN 978-0-444639028. Price: $US225.

Earth’s Oldest Rocks focuses on the first 1.5 billion years of our planet’s history, covering the period from its accretion from the solar nebula to a time when plate tectonics is thought to be the modus operandi controlling Earth evolution. This record is spatially and temporally incomplete with the first 500 million years, the Hadean Eon, largely limited to a few zircon grains and some small rock outcrops. The rock record becomes more...

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