The generation and evolution of the continental crust

  title={The generation and evolution of the continental crust},
  author={C. J. Hawkesworth and Bruno Dhuime and Anna Pietranik and Peter A. Cawood and Anthony I. S. Kemp and Craig Storey},
  journal={Journal of the Geological Society},
  pages={229 - 248}
Abstract: The continental crust is the archive of the geological history of the Earth. Only 7% of the crust is older than 2.5 Ga, and yet significantly more crust was generated before 2.5 Ga than subsequently. Zircons offer robust records of the magmatic and crust-forming events preserved in the continental crust. They yield marked peaks of ages of crystallization and of crust formation. The latter might reflect periods of high rates of crust generation, and as such be due to magmatism… 

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