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Principles of Metamorphic Petrology


By: RH Vernon and GL Clarke

446 pages, 37 line figures, 240 halftones and 16 col plates

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jul 2008 | #179959 | ISBN-13: 9780521871785
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Principles of Metamorphic Petrology provides a modern introduction to the latest ideas, techniques and approaches in the study of metamorphic rocks.

The book begins with basic concepts, but advances further than most other metamorphic petrology texts. Examples of this include the latest chemographic approaches, the correct use of pseudosections and the application of x-ray compositional mapping to metamorphic problems. It also covers recent advances in thermobarometry and the application of modern geochronological techniques to the absolute timing of tectonometamorphic events. Determination of parent rocks is covered in detail and there is a modern exposition of partial melting reactions, melt extraction and deformation of migmatites. The book includes a large number of references to lead students into independent investigation.

A valuable text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in metamorphic petrology, that serves as the most current reference for researchers and exploration geologists.

'... beautifully produced, superbly illustrated, carefully researched, convincingly argues and gracefully presented.' The Journal of the Geological Society of India

'... a good book and is recommended as an advanced textbook of metamorphic petrology ...' Mineralogical Magazine


1. Metamorphic processes;
2. Metamorphic conditions - thermobarometry & chemography;
3. Tectonothermal history of metamorphic terranes;
4. Partial melting during high-grade metamorphism;
5. Fluids and metasomatism;
6. Tectonic structures of metamorphic rocks;
7. Parent rocks;

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Ron Vernon is Emeritus Professor of Geology at Macquarie University and an honorary Research Professor at the University of Southern California. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and short courses in Australia, the US, Italy, Germany, Finland and Mexico, and authored several books, including two others with Cambridge University Press: Beneath Our Feet (2000) and A Practical Guide to Rock Microstructure (2004). He was an editor of the Journal of Metamorphic Geology for 18 years.
Geoffrey Clarke is a Professor of Geology and the current Head of the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney, where he has taught geology for over 15 years. Before teaching, he spent three years as a minerals exploration geologist for Esso Exploration and Production. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Metamorphic Geology and an editor for the Journal of Petrology.

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