Metamorphic Rocks

Lynn Fichter, James Madison University, Department of Geology and Geoscience

This resource provides a comprehensive introduction to metamorphic rocks. The web site has an alphabetical list of metamorphic rocks, metamorphic classification schemes, an introduction to metamorphic processes for beginners, a discussion of the kinds of metamorphism, information on Barrovian metamorphism and metamorphic grade, and keys for the identification of metamorphic rocks. There is also a self-test on this site. In addition to the presence of many instructive figures and graphs, the author of this site suggests the educational level at which links within this site should be used for teaching, ranging from elementary school to college level. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Metamorphic Processes, Metamorphic Rock Suites and Facies
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Collection, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Intermediate (3-5), College Upper (15-16), Middle (6-8), College Lower (13-14)
Classes of Earth Materials: Metamorphic Rocks
Course Type: Upper Level:Petrology, Mineralogy
Topics: Solid Earth:Petrology:Metamorphic Rock Suites and Facies, Metamorphic Processes, Solid Earth, Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Physical Properties
Solid Earth Processes: Metamorphism
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Mineralogy, PetrologyKeywords: contact metamorphism, burial metamorphism, hydrothermal metamorphism, schistosity, slate, phyllite, migmatite, gneissic banding