On the Relationship between Deformation and Metamorphism, with Special Reference to the Behavior of Basic Rocks

  • K. H. Brodie
  • E. H. Rutter
Part of the Advances in Physical Geochemistry book series (PHYSICAL GEOCHE, volume 4)


It has long been recognized that deformation and metamorphism are closely interlinked, but although many authors have touched upon various aspects of the subject, there has never been a completely satisfactory understanding of the interrelationships at the mechanistic level. The literature abounds with descriptions of mineralogical changes that mirror the intensity of strain in heterogeneously deformed rocks (e.g., Teall, 1885; Beach, 1973; Kerrich et al., 1977) and with assessments of relative timing of deformation and metamorphism (e.g., Zwart, 1962; Spry, 1969; Vernon, 1977). A number of authors have attempted to identify mechanistic effects whereby the rate of metamorphic equilibration is affected by deformation, the resistance to deformation by particular deformation mechanisms is influenced by metamorphic transformations, or metamorphic segregation might arise during deformation (e.g., White and Knipe, 1978; Rubie, 1983; Gresens, 1966; Beach, 1982; Rutter et al., in press; Heard and Rubey, 1966; Raleigh and Paterson, 1965; Paterson, 1973; Robin, 1978; Gray and Durney, 1979; review of various aspects by Vernon, 1976). The foregoing reference list does not do justice to the number of geologists who have contributed to the subject of deformation/metamorphism interrelationships, which is receiving increasing attention from structural and metamorphic geologists alike.


Shear Zone Mineral Assemblage Basic Rock Dynamic Recrystallization Dehydration Reaction 
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