Definition of granulite in English:

granulite

Line breaks: granu|lite
Pronunciation: /ˈgranjʊlʌɪt
 
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noun

[mass noun] Geology
  • A fine-grained granular metamorphic rock in which the main component minerals are typically feldspars and quartz: [as modifier]: the granulite facies
    More example sentences
    • These rocks display clear prograde metamorphism that peaks in granulite facies.
    • Two types of terrain are especially characteristic of Archaean geology: greenstone - granite terrains and granulite - gneiss terrains.
    • The granulite to eclogite transformation may not occur if water is absent; for example, if ocean crust has been dehydrated as happens when a slab subducts.

Derivatives

granulitic

Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪtɪk/
adjective
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  • The researchers studied metamorphic conditions of granulitic rocks in the Zoblitz complex and estimated maximum pressure conditions of 21 kbar at 830°C.
  • Resting on top of the granulitic rocks of the Dalsfjord Suite are the arkosic metasediments of the Hoyvik Group which are interpreted as detritus from the Dalsfjord Suite rocks.
  • Also, those workers noted that eclogites, in particular with felsic composition, are theologically weak, relative to their granulitic equivalents.

Origin

mid 19th century: from granule + -ite1.

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