Metamorphic Mineral Assemblages

Stephen Nelson, Department of Geology

This set of lecture notes covers factors affecting the mineral assemblages in metamorphic rocks. Topics covered include the phase rule in metamorphism, progressive (prograde) metamorphism, and retrograde metamorphism. Ternary diagrams and chemical reactions are used to explain progressive metamorphism. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Geochemistry:Reaction Kinetics/Rates, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, Metamorphic Rock Suites and Facies, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Processes
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Classes of Earth Materials: Metamorphic Rocks, Fluids
Course Type: Upper Level:Petrology, Geochemistry, Mineralogy
Topics: Solid Earth:Petrology:Metamorphic Rock Suites and Facies, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Solid Earth:Petrology:Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, Solid Earth:Geochemistry, Geochemistry:Reaction Kinetics/Rates, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Solid Earth, Petrology:Metamorphic Processes
Solid Earth Processes: Metamorphism
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry