Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
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Recrystallization

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2020

Recrystallization is a metamorphic process in which atoms of a mineral are reorganized by altering the original mineral. It includes recrystallization of the original mineral, which causes the original crystal grains to become coarser (such as the transformation of fine calcite to coarse calcite with the mineral composition remaining unchanged) and changes the original chemical composition under the new temperature and pressure conditions to form new minerals (such as the transformation of kaolinite to andalusite and quartz). Recrystallization is different from the crystallization of rock during cooling. It takes place in the solid state.

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