Metamorphic Rocks

  • Kurt BucherEmail author
  • Rodney Grapes


This chapter deals with the descriptive characterization of metamorphic rocks. Metamorphic rocks are derived from other rocks of igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic origin. The chemical composition of this primary material (=protolith) determines the chemical and mineralogical composition of metamorphic rocks to a large degree. The compositional variation found in the primary material of metamorphic rocks is reviewed in Sect. 2.1.


Mineral Assemblage Ultramafic Rock Mafic Rock Bulk Rock Composition Composition Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mineralogy GeochemistryUniversity FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesKorea UniversitySeoulKorea

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