metamorphism

Definitions of metamorphism
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n change in the structure of rock by natural agencies such as pressure or heat or introduction of new chemical substances

Types:
anamorphism
metamorphism that occurs deep under the earth's surface; changes simple minerals into complex minerals
epigenesis
a geological change in the mineral content of rock after the rock has formed
katamorphism
metamorphism that occurs at or near the earth's surface; breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones
Type of:
geologic process, geological process
(geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified

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