Microtextures of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

  • J. P. Bard

Part of the Petrology and Structural Geology book series (PESG, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Nucleation and Crystal Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. J. P. Bard
      Pages 2-11
    3. J. P. Bard
      Pages 12-48
  3. Order of Crystallization in Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

  4. Examples of Microtextures

    1. J. P. Bard
      Pages 109-181
    2. J. P. Bard
      Pages 182-253
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 254-264

About this book


At a time when 'textural' evidence is regarded as being 'obvious' ( . . . ) it becomes more and more difficult to find illustrations or even descriptions of the arrangements of the various constituents of 'traumatized' rocks. It is helpful in consequence to advise geology students that the study of thin sections is not only concerned with the identification of their mineral content. To do so would mean they could not see the wood for the trees. Accurate identification of the indi­ vidual minerals that form rocks is fundamental in their description but the analysis of their textures and habits is also essential. Study of textural features enforces constraints upon the inter­ pretation of the origin and history of a rock. The analysis of micro­ textures cannot and should never be an aim in itself, out must be sup­ ported by qualitative and quantitative correlations with theories of petrogenesis. The aim here is to help the reader to bridge the gap between his observations of rocks unqer the microscope and petrogenetic theories. The habits or architectures of crystals in rocks may resemble those studied by metallurgists and glass scientists. Analysis of micro­ textures is undergoing change engendered by comparisonS between manu­ factured and hence minerals. This can be seen from the increased number of publications dealing with crystal ~rowth or deformation processes at microscopic scales to which the name of 'nanotectonics' has been applied.


Petrogenesis classification crystal crystal growth formation geology igneous rock mineral tectonics

Authors and affiliations

  • J. P. Bard
    • 1
  1. 1.Université des Sciences et Techniques du LanguedocMontpellier IIFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-2220-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4640-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-1957
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