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, Volume 48, Issue 11, pp 1069–1079 | Cite as

Progress in the study of tectophysicochemistry

  • Guxian Lü


Tectophysicochemistry is a research area that deals with the interrelations between physical and chemical changes of crustal materials caused by tectonism. A given tectonic force may be resolved into two parts: homogeneous stress and differential stress. Homogeneous stress refers to isotopic pressure, which is superimposed on the original pressure and affects the equilibrium of various chemical reactions. It is also a factor that influences petrogenesis, metallogenesis and metamorphism. Differential stress is commonly produced when external forces act on a given solid body. It may cause deformation of crustal materials and generate various kinds of structural features. Tectophysicochemistry pays special attention to pressure, temperature and other physicochemical conditions produced or induced by tectonism and studies the influences of additional tectonic parameters on various chemical equilibria, so it gradually develops into an independent area of science.


tectophysicochemistry additional tectonic stress-induced hydrostatic pressure calculation of corrected depth additional tectonic parameter tectochemistry mineralizational geological event 


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  1. 1.Institute of GeomechanicsChinese Academy of Geological SciencesBeijingChina

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