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metamorphic rock definition

Rock that was once one form of rock but has changed to another under the influence of heat, pressure, or some other agent without passing through a liquid phase.

Note: Examples are marble, which can be formed from limestone, and slate, which is formed from shale.
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  • Granite is recognised as an igneous as well as a metamorphic rock.

    Geology James Geikie
  • Syenite, like granite, is recognised as an igneous as well as a metamorphic rock.

    Geology James Geikie
  • The mountains along the canyon are all of metamorphic rock, splintered and shivered by too rapid cooling.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • From aqueous rock materials, fire has produced a metamorphic rock.

  • If mica is a prominent element, the metamorphic rock is easily parted into overlapping, scaly layers.

  • Mī′ca-schist, Mī′ca-slate, a metamorphic rock consisting of alternate layers of mica and quartz.

  • A very large proportion of both the quartz and placer mining of North America is in regions occupied by metamorphic rock.

    North America Israel C. Russell
  • In many cases, however, the early history of a metamorphic rock can be deciphered.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • It is a metamorphic rock derived from either sedimentary or igneous rock, more commonly the former.

    Geology William J. Miller

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