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Metamorphic Rocks: A Classification and Glossary of Terms

Edited By: Douglas Fettes and Jacqueline Desmons

264 pages, 10 line diagrams, 9 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2011 | #190818 | ISBN-13: 9780521336185
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Hardback | Aug 2007 | #169260 | ISBN-13: 9780521868105
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About this book

Many common terms in metamorphic petrology vary in their usage and meaning between countries. The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Subcommission on the Systematics of Metamorphic Rocks (SCMR) has aimed to resolve this, and to present systematic terminology and rock definitions that can be used worldwide. This book is the result of discussion and consultation lasting 20 years and involving hundreds of geoscientists worldwide. It presents a complete nomenclature of metamorphic rocks, with a comprehensive glossary of definitions, sources and etymology of over 1200 terms, and a list of mineral abbreviations. Twelve multi-authored sections explain how to derive the correct names for metamorphic rocks and processes, and discuss the rationale behind the more important terms. These sections deal with rocks from high- to low- and very-low-grade.

Review of the hardback: 'This text is essential for all studying metamorphic rocks and as such must be in libraries covering geology at an advanced level. It has a companion version to igneous rocks.' Science and technology


Preface; 1.Introduction D. Fettes and J. Desmons; 2. Classification and nomenclature scheme R. Schmid, D. Fettes, B. Harte, E. Davis, J. Desmons, W. Smulikowski, F. Sassi, K. Brodie, P. Arkai, W. Wimmenauer, I. Bryhni, O. Rosen, J. Coutinho, H. Krautner, S. Sen, V. Zharikov, N. Pertsev, V. Rusinov, E. Callegari, D. Stoffler, R. Grieve and J. Siivola; 3. Glossary; 4. References; Appendices.

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Douglas Fettes is an Honorary Research Associate at the British Geological Survey, and Chairman of the SCMR. He compiled the UK section of the Metamorphic Map of Europe and has over forty years' involvement with structural and metamorphic studies. Jacqueline Desmons, a researcher at the French 'Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique', has dedicated most of her career to the Alps and their metamorphism, including the high P/T events, metamorphic maps and reviews.

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