Metamorphic Rocks and their Geodynamic Significance describes metamorphic rock formation mechanisms in a simplified form. It presents the geometrical rules which control mineral assemblages as a function of rock composition, and provides the basis of a thermodynamical approach used for equilibrium slope calculations as well as for the evaluation of P, T stability fields of mineral associations. On the basis of several examples from the literature, the author emphasizes the relations between different metamorphic gradients and different geodynamic situations. Associated P-T-t paths are examined from several points of view including the respective roles of heat conduction and convection.
Metamorphic Rocks and their Geodynamic Significance will be useful to undergraduate students in geology, but also to research students and scientists needing to rapidly update their knowledge of metamorphism. It is also accessible to anybody interested in geosciences wanting to acquire a basic knowledge of the close relationships that exist between geodynamics and metamorphic processes.
Part 1: Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
1. Metamorphism: Factors and Mechanisms
2. Metamorphic Rocks
3. Evaluation of Metamorphic Conditions
Part 2: Metamorphism and Geodynamics
4. Contact Metamorphism
5. Regional Metamorphism
Appendix 1. Characteristic Mineral Assemblages of the Principal Metamorphic Facies
Appendix 2. Graphical Representation of Rock and Mineral Compositions on Triangular Diagrams
Appendix 3. Examples of Geothermometers and Geobarometers
Appendix 4. Structural Formulae of Minerals Cited in this Text
Appendix 5. Mineral Abbreviations
"This basic book will be valuable to many petrologists and geologists ranging from undergraduate students to experienced research workers, as a reference book where all concepts concerning metamorphism can be acquired, revised or updated."
– Jacqueline Desmons, Geological Magazine, Volume 141/5 – 2004.