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Metamorphic Geology: Microscale to Mountain Belts

Product Code: SP478
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by S. Ferrero, P. Lanari, P. Goncalves and E. G. Grosch
Publication Date: 17 April 2019
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Special Publication 478

In Earth evolution, mountain belts are the loci of crustal growth, reworking and recycling. These crustal-scale processes are unravelled through microscale investigations of textures and mineral assemblages of metamorphic rocks. Multiple episodes of metamorphism, re-equilibration and deformation, however, generally produce a complex and tightly interwoven pattern of microstructures and assemblages. Over the last two decades, the combination of advanced computing and technological capabilities with new concepts has provided a vast array of novel petrological tools and high-resolution/high-sensitivity techniques for microanalysis and imaging. Such novel approaches are proving fundamental to untangling the enigma represented by metamorphism with an unprecedented level of detail and confidence. As a result, the first decade and a half of this century has already seen the tumultuous development of new research avenues in metamorphic petrology. This book aims to provide a timely overview of the state of the art of this field, of newly developed petrological techniques, future advancements and significant new case studies.

Published online 08/04/2019. Print copies available from 17/04/2019.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786204004
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 482
Weight: 1.2 kg


Lanari, P., Ferrero, S., Goncalves, P. & Grosch, E. G. Metamorphic geology: progress and perspectives


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Likhanov, I. I. Mass-transfer and differential element mobility in metapelites during multistage metamorphism of the Yenisey Ridge, Siberia

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Martin, C. P–T conditions of symplectite formation in the eclogites from the Western Gneiss Region (Norway)

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Abu-Alam, T., Abd El Monsef, M. & Grosch, E. Shear-zone hosted gold mineralization of the Arabian–Nubian Shield: devolatilization processes across the greenschist–amphibolite-facies transition


Grosch, E. G. Metamorphic processes preserved in early Archean supracrustal rocks of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa

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Simon Wellings

The choice of papers and excellent introductory chapter, stylishly ending with a quote from T. S. Eliot, is what makes this a book worth having. An online search could provide the papers, each with a microscopic focus on a particular area. But it’s the expert editing that joins them together, giving the reader a birds-eye view of the heights the subject has reached and glimpses of the undiscovered peaks beyond.

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