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GranitesPetrology, Structure, Geological Setting, and Metallogeny$
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Anne Nédélec and Jean-Luc Bouchez

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198705611

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705611.001.0001

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What is a granite?

What is a granite?

(p.1) 1 What is a granite?

Anne Nédélec

Jean-Luc Bouchez

Oxford University Press

Granites are the most representative rocks of the continental crust. Seismic profiles locate them mainly in the upper crust. They are subdivided into three types (A, I and S) according to their mineralogy and geochemistry, and mainly belong to specific magmatic series. Sections in this introductory chapter deal with the classification of granites, their texture and mineralogy, the structure and composition of the continental crust, and how granite types are related to the magmatic series.

Keywords:   A-type granite, S-type granite, I-type granite, magmatic series, seismic profile, mineralogy, geochemistry, continental crust, texture

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