Metamorphism of Mafic Rocks

  • Helmut G. F. Winkler
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Basalts and pyroxene-andesites comprise by far the largest amount of mafic rocks and greatly predominate over their plutonic equivalents. Basalts and andesites are widespread in most geosynclines in the form of lava flows, pillow lavas, tuff layers, sills, and dykes. At least three fundamentally different cases of metamorphism of mafic igneous rocks must be distinguished:
  1. a.

    Water has had access to the rock.

  2. b.

    Water has not had access and load pressure was not very high.

  3. c.

    Water has not had access but load pressure was very high.



Metamorphic Rock Bulk Composition Mafic Rock Geothermal Gradient White Mica 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmut G. F. Winkler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Mineralogy and PetrologyUniversity of GöttingenFederal Republic of Germany

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