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Archean Geodynamics and Environments by Keith Benn, Jean-Claude Mareschal, Kent C. Condie

By Keith Benn, Jean-Claude Mareschal, Kent C. Condie

Published by way of the yank Geophysical Union as a part of the Geophysical Monograph Series.

The Archean Eon represents 1.3 Gyr of Earth's far away previous, from approximately 3.8 Ga to 2.5 Ga?nearly one 3rd of our planet's heritage. It used to be through the Archean regime of worldwide geodynamics was once proven, leading to the formation and recycling of the 1st lithosphere, in addition to the formation, development, deformation, differentiation, emergence, and erosion of continents. by means of the tip of the Archean, Earth had reached a geodynamic regime ruled by means of plate tectonic approaches. the ensuing environments, at and close to Earth's floor, incorporated the several niches in which formative years types advanced. it truly is to the Archean evolution of Earth that we now glance to higher comprehend the various procedures that formed the planet, as we all know it.Content:

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