Making new rocks from old
Metamorphism is the process by which rocks re-crystallize into new combinations of minerals in response to changing temperature, pressure, and exposure to hot, reactive fluids. The rocks’ texture and grain size are usually altered as well. Metamorphic rocks are created deep in the roots of mountains. Geologists study these rocks to learn more about mountain building and how the Earth’s crust evolves.
Topic: Earth Science
Subtopic: Mountain Building
Keywords: Metamorphic rocks, Metamorphism (Geology), Orogeny
The transformation of one rock to another by heat, pressure, and reactive fluids is the process of metamorphism.
Working in the Scottish Highlands, the geologist G. M. Barrow discovered in 1893 that an extensive layer of rock, once a uniform sediment, shows progressive transformation of its mineral content.