Metamorphism: How pressure changes rock

Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni, Department of Geological Sciences

These lecture notes provide an introduction to metamorphic rocks. Topics include causes of metamorphism, mineral assemblages, phase transitions, foliation, metamorphic environments, and metamorphic facies. Diagrams illustrate the key concepts. The site also features a short metamorphic classification table with links to images of foliated and non-foliated rocks. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Processes, Metamorphic Rock Suites and Facies, Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Petrology
Classes of Earth Materials: Metamorphic Rocks, Fluids
Course Type: Entry Level:Physical Geology
Topics: Solid Earth:Petrology:Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, Metamorphic Rock Suites and Facies, Solid Earth, Petrology:Metamorphic Processes
Solid Earth Processes: Alteration (Hydrothermal), Metamorphism
Tectonic Setting: Continental Collision Margin, Continental Arc