Definition of metamorphism in English:


Line breaks: meta|morph¦ism
Pronunciation: /mɛtəˈmɔːfɪz(ə)m


[mass noun] Geology
  • Alteration of the composition or structure of a rock by heat, pressure, or other natural agency: all the rocks were subjected to several phases of metamorphism and deformation
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    • No such difference in the pressure or temperature of metamorphism in the country rock is detectable.
    • Baked contacts with host rocks indicate that metamorphism associated with intrusion predates shearing.
    • A striking characteristic of the Hellenides in the Aegean is the southward propagation of nappe emplacement and high - pressure metamorphism.

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