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How did LIPs form and what is their impact?

New GSA special paper 511

Geological Society of America


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Credit: GSA Special Paper 511, editors Clive R. Neal, William W. Sager, Takashi Sano, and Elisabetta Erba

Boulder, CO, USA - The origin, evolution, and environmental impact of large igneous provinces (LIPs) represents a topic of high scientific importance because the magmatism associated with these features cannot be directly related to plate tectonics, and because the eruption of flood basalts may have global environmental consequences. Oceanic LIPs are even more poorly understood due to their relative inaccessibility.

This new book from The Geological Society of America takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding LIP origin, evolution, and environmental impact in ocean basins. Papers that focus on plate tectonic reconstructions, petrologic and geophysical investigations of various LIPs, and sedimentological and micropaleontological evidence of syn-LIP sediments are presented. Precious materials and data from dredging cruises and scientific ocean drilling expeditions have made this volume possible.


Individual copies of the volume may be purchased through The Geological Society of America online store,, or by contacting GSA Sales and Service,

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The Origin, Evolution, and Environmental Impact of Oceanic Large Igneous Province

Clive R. Neal, William W. Sager, Takashi Sano, and Elisabetta Erba (editors)

Geological Society of America Special Paper 511

SPE511, 339 p., $80.00; Member price $56.00

ISBN 978-0-8137-2511-6

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