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katamorphism

[kat-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m]
noun Geology.
  1. metamorphism at or near the earth's surface: breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones.
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Origin of katamorphism

First recorded in 1900–05; kata- + -morphism
Related formskat·a·mor·phic, adjective
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Historical Examples of katamorphism

  • The zone in which katamorphism is most active, usually near the surface, is called the zone of katamorphism.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

  • Katamorphism is primarily responsible for most of the deposits of silica which are commercially used.

  • Katamorphism or weathering, in place, has played an important part in enriching them.