Equilibrium and Kinetics in Contact Metamorphism

The Ballachulish Igneous Complex and Its Aureole

  • Gerhard Voll
  • Jutta Töpel
  • David R. M. Pattison
  • Friedrich Seifert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. D. R. M. Pattison, G. Voll
      Pages 19-36
  3. The Intrusive Complex

  4. The Contact Aureole and Its Rocks

  5. Interactions Between the Intrusion and the Contact Aureole

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. D. R. M. Pattison
      Pages 327-350
    3. S. Hoernes, S. MacLeod-Kinsel, R. S. Harmon, D. Pattison, D. F. Strong
      Pages 351-377
    4. G. Buntebarth
      Pages 379-402
  6. Concluding Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
    2. B. Harte, D. R. M. Pattison, S. Heuss-Aβbichler, S. Hoernes, L. Masch, S. Weiss
      Pages 405-422
    3. H. Kroll
      Pages 423-442
    4. G. Voll
      Pages 443-449
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 451-484

About this book


With the new global tectonics approach in the Earth Sciences, the quan­ titative aspects of the dynamics of rock-forming processes came into focus: geologists are no longer satisfied knowing the pressure-tempera­ ture conditions of the formation of a metamorphic rock or of the emplace­ ment of a magmatic body, but instead would like to learn the time history of these rocks as well, i. e. , derive the temperature-pressure-time path and relate it to a tectonic process. To achieve this goal, a knowledge of both pressure-temperature-dependent equilibria and the time scales at which these equilibria may be attained are essential. However, the latter kinetic information is much more difficult to retrieve than that on equilibria: whereas equilibria are controlled by state variables, and proper laboratory experiments may be directly applied to equilibrium natural assemblages, kinetics also depends on factors other than state variables, such as grain size, dislocation density, and especially time (rate of heating, duration of annealing, rate of cooling). Extrapolation of kinetic data obtained at high temperatures on laboratory time scales to more realistic lower tempera­ tures and geological time scales are dangerous because, for example, of possible changes from an intrinsically controlled defect regime to an extrinsic one as temperature is lowered, or from an interface-controlled to a diffusion-controlled reaction mechanism.


Metamorphose chemistry formation geochemistry geology metamorphism mineral modelling petrography

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerhard Voll
    • 1
  • Jutta Töpel
    • 2
  • David R. M. Pattison
    • 3
  • Friedrich Seifert
    • 2
  1. 1.Mineralogisch-PetrographischesInstitut der UniversitätKölnGermany
  2. 2.Bayerisches GeoinstitutUniversität BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  3. 3.Department of Geology and GeophysicsThe University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-76147-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-76145-4
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