Heat production in granitic rocks: Global analysis based on a new data compilation GRANITE2017


Artemieva I. M. , Thybo H., Jakobsen K., Sorensen N. K. , Nielsen L. S. K.

EARTH-SCIENCE REVIEWS, cilt.172, ss.1-26, 2017 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

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Granitic rocks play special role in the dynamics and evolution of the Earth and its thermal regime. First, their compositional variability, reflected in the distribution of concentrations of radiogenic elements, provides constraints on global differentiation processes and large scale planetary evolution, where emplacement of granites is considered a particularly important process for the formation of continental crust. Second, heat production by radioactive decay is among the main heat sources in the Earth. Therefore knowledge of heat production in granitic rocks is pivotal for thermal modelling of the continental lithosphere, given that most radiogenic elements are concentrated in granitic rocks of the upper continental crust whereas heat production in rocks of the lower crust and lithospheric mantle is negligible.