This book contains the most exhaustive collection of articles on greenstone belts yet assembled and is a vital reference for anyone who is seriously interested in the geology of the early Earth.

The contributions focus on lithology, structure, geochronology, metamorphism, and chemistry of rocks within greenstone belts. Tectonic interpretations are included, but only after a thorough description of the geological relationships within the belt. The emphasis on describing both what is present and absent within individual greenstone belts makes the book a classic that will endure.