Category Archives: metamorphism

The many metamorphoses of the Moine

In a companion post I introduced you to a metamorphic rock with an apparently simple history. Using traditional geological techniques on this single outcrop can’t reveal the full history of the area, so this post will attempt summarise the latest research. In … Continue reading

Categories: metamorphism, mountains, Scotland, tectonics

The deceptive simplicity of a metamorphic rock

I’d like to introduce you to a rock. Pretty isn’t it? The white crystals caught my eye, as they did that of three different geologists of the British Geological Survey, who between them collected 5 different samples from the same … Continue reading

Categories: metamorphism, Scotland, tectonics

Man-made metamorphic rocks

There’s a cup of tea next to me, steaming gently. I’ve already written about the history of the drink, how a Chinese herb ended up defining Englishness and having the power to create riots in Ireland. But what of the cup? It’s a posh one … Continue reading

Categories: Getting under the surface, History, metamorphism

Metamorphic petrology under stress: round 2

Back in August I wrote about an extremely important paper by John Wheeler of Liverpool University called “Dramatic effects of stress on metamorphic reactions”. This uses a theoretical approach to show that differential stress (squashing rocks) is a very important … Continue reading

Categories: metamorphism