A Nonlinear Phenomenon of Chemical Dynamics in Geology: The Case of Skarns

  • Bernard Guy
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 12)


In our poster, we wish to draw the attention of the chemists to certain transformations met in geology. They are observed in the rocks called skarns: these are the result of the transformation of various rocks, particularly limestones, by the operation of aqueous fluids in strong disequilibrium with them. These waters percolate through the mass of the rock that they progressively transform. They may originate from a granitic mass under crystallization and/or they may be waters moved by convection at the vicinity of a hot granitic intrusion. These phenomena occur at depths of 4–5 km or more, at temperatures of the magnitude 400–600°C and pressures of the magnitude 1–2 kb. The transformations may affect several m3 of rocks. Such rocks may be observed today (their formation having ended several millions years ago) thanks to orogenic movements and erosion.


Physical Chemistry Transport Phenomenon Chemical Equilibrium Aqueous Fluid Nonlinear Phenomenon 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Guy
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  1. 1.Départment GéologieEcole des MinesSt. Etienne, CedexFrançe

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