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Petrology focuses on studies of plutonic, volcanic, and metamorphic rocks. As the solid Earth is largely made of these rocks, petrology has become a tool to understand how the Earth works at all scales: from elemental redistribution on microscopic scales to plate tectonics and mantle convection on a whole-earth scale; taking place on land, beneath oceans and in the earth’s deep interiors. All these changes are happening today and have been occurring over the 4.55 Gyr of the Earth’s history.
Rocks are products of geological (physical and chemical) processes. Magmatic and metamorphic processes are at the heart of igneous petrology and affect the composition and texture of rocks. Magmatic processes include magma generation, transfer, emplacement, differentiation, contamination, mixing, mingling, and remobilization. Metamorphic processes involve pressure and temperature changes due to tectonics and/or magmatism. Thus, the mineralogy, textures, and chemical and isotopic composition of rocks carry important information, such as how, where, when and under which conditions these rocks may have formed, their evolution and their origin.
Since geological processes are largely inaccessible through direct observation, an understanding of petrogenesis relies on our interpretations of the messages extracted from rocks and inferred from experimental and computational simulations. Hence, conclusions may not be unique. Therefore we encourage submissions of manuscripts with different approaches and we welcome scientific debates.
Petrology welcomes papers concerning the origin of volcanic, plutonic, and metamorphic rocks with new observations, new data, novel approaches, and importantly new insights through studying natural rocks and carrying out experimental and computational simulations. We also welcome papers on planetary petrology.
Our ultimate goal is to develop the specialty of Petrology in Frontiers in Earth Science into a global friendly platform for authors, reviewers and readers for efficient communication and for advancing our science, the petrogenesis of plutonic, volcanic, and metamorphic rocks and its effective use, as a means to answering questions on how the Earth works.
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Petrology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Data Report, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Petrology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Petrology will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Earth Science.
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