Additions and Modifications to the Igneous Rock Classification Scheme

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Title: Additions and Modifications to the Igneous Rock Classification Scheme
Creators: Dugan, Matthew
Advisor: Carey, Anne
Issue Date: 2010-06
Abstract: Igneous rocks as they are currently defined are in a sloppy state. Vague wording is throughout the whole of the definition, and there is not even any clear consensus on what it should be defined as. In this paper, I redefine igneous rocks in such a way as to remove a great deal of imprecision, and I go through some of the logical implications of the refined definition. I do not seek to change the intent of the definition, and I do not believe that I have. The most interesting implication of this change is that water, as it occurs on Earth, is an igneous rock, and I construct a basic classification scheme for it.
Series/Report no.: The Ohio State University. School of Earth Sciences Senior Theses; 2010
Keywords: igneous
classification
diagram
definition
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/45629
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