- a dark, fine-grained metamorphic rock, the result of recrystallization of siliceous or argillaceous sediments by contact metamorphism.
Origin of hornfels
1850–55; < German, equivalent to Horn horn + Fels rock, cliff
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From diabases, basalts, andesites and other igneous rocks a third type of hornfels is produced.
- a hard compact fine-grained metamorphic rock formed by the action of heat from a magmatic intrusion on neighbouring sedimentary rocksAlso called: hornstone
Word Origin for hornfels
German: literally, horn rock
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- A fine-grained metamorphic rock having a uniform grain size and formed by contact metamorphism.
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