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anamorphism

[ an-uh-mawr-fiz-uhm ]

noun

, Geology.
  1. metamorphism, usually occurring deep under the earth's surface, that changes simple minerals to complex minerals.


anamorphism

/ ˌænəˈmɔːˌfɪzəm /

noun

  1. intense metamorphism of a rock in which high-density complex minerals are formed from simpler minerals of lower density


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Word History and Origins

Origin of anamorphism1

First recorded in 1830–40; ana- + -morphism

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Example Sentences

Huxley seems to use the term anamorphism in a sense differing from that of some writers.

In other words, anamorphism tends toward the reproduction of igneous rocks, though it seldom fully accomplishes this result.

A given rock may be undergoing katamorphism while rocks on either side at the same depth are suffering anamorphism.

In the latter case anamorphism is necessary to recrystallize the carbon into the form of graphite.

The deeper zone in which anamorphism is preponderant is called the zone of anamorphism.

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