The geochemical evolution of the continental crust

@article{Taylor1995TheGE,
  title={The geochemical evolution of the continental crust},
  author={Stuart Ross Taylor and Scott M. McLennan},
  journal={Reviews of Geophysics},
  year={1995},
  volume={33},
  pages={241-265}
}
A survey is given of the dimensions and composition of the present continental crust. The abundances of immobile elements in sedimentary rocks are used to establish upper crustal composition. The present upper crustal composition is attributed largely to intracrustal differentiation resulting in the production of granites senso lato. Underplating of the crust by ponded basaltic magmas is probably a major source of heat for intracrustal differentiation. The contrast between the present upper… 

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