Metamorphic rocks

  • Metamorphic Rocks
  • Pertaining to the composition, texture, formation, location, extent, etc. of rocks formed through metamorphic processes.
Abstract from DBPedia
    Metamorphic rocks arise from the transformation of existing rock types, in a process called metamorphism, which means "change in form". The original rock (protolith) is subjected to heat (temperatures greater than 150 to 200 °C) and pressure (100 megapascals (1,000 bar) or more), causing profound physical or chemical change. The protolith may be a sedimentary, igneous, or existing metamorphic rock. Metamorphic rocks make up a large part of the Earth's crust and form 12% of the Earth's land surface. They are classified by texture and by chemical and mineral assemblage (metamorphic facies). They may be formed simply by being deep beneath the Earth's surface, subjected to high temperatures and the great pressure of the rock layers above it. They can form from tectonic processes such as continental collisions, which cause horizontal pressure, friction and distortion. They are also formed when rock is heated by the intrusion of hot molten rock called magma from the Earth's interior. The study of metamorphic rocks (now exposed at the Earth's surface following erosion and uplift) provides information about the temperatures and pressures that occur at great depths within the Earth's crust.Some examples of metamorphic rocks are gneiss, slate, marble, schist, and quartzite.

    変成岩(へんせいがん、英: metamorphic rock)とは、既存の岩石が変成作用を受けてできた岩石のことである。変成岩の原岩は火成岩、堆積岩など種類は問わず、変成岩がさらに変成作用を受ける場合もある。 変成岩は、原岩になった岩石の種類と、受けた変成作用の性質により分類される。変成作用の主な要因は熱と圧力で、変成作用の種類により温度と圧力の条件が異なる。


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