Category Archives: eclogites

Cratons – old and strong

Cratons are pieces of continents that have been stable for a over a billion years. As earth’s plates drift along, mountains periodically rise and fall, plate boundaries appear and disappear. But cratons are like great-grandmothers at family gatherings, while younger … Continue reading

Categories: eclogites, mountains, subduction, tectonics

Eclogites: back to the surface

Eclogites are beautiful rocks that form deep within subduction zones. The vast majority of subducted oceanic crust becomes more dense than the surrounding mantle rocks and travels to the strange world of the deep earth. Lucky for us, small volumes … Continue reading

Categories: eclogites, metamorphism, subduction, tectonics

Oceanic crust – down to the core

Almost all of what I write about in this blog concerns only 1% of the earth’s volume. All crust, all sedimentary rocks, the glories of mountain building, all occupy an insignificant portion of the earth. It’s the only bit we … Continue reading

Categories: eclogites, metamorphism, subduction

Oceanic crust – that sinking feeling

Some rocks lead a quiet life. Stable parts of continental crust just sit there for billions of years, doing nothing. In the oceans things are much more dynamic. Live fast, die young, stay pretty is the motto of oceanic crust. … Continue reading

Categories: eclogites, metamorphism, subduction, tectonics