Information - GMPV08 Controls on metamorphic processes
The study of metamorphic processes finds itself at an exciting juncture today. The excitement stems from advanced theoretical tools that have become available, complemented by advances in analytical and experimental capabilities that make practical application of these tools possible. On the theoretical side, increasingly realistic calculations that capture the couplings between thermodynamics (e.g. phase equilibria, phase transitions), kinetics (e.g. diffusion, crystal growth and nucleation) and mechanics (feedbacks between chemistry and rheology) on realistic, multicomponent systems are now possible. Analytical capabilities that allow mapping of texture, composition and isotopic distribution on decreasingly smaller scales allow these theoretical tools to be implemented on natural samples. The outcome of this symbiosis is an ability to extract pictures of dynamic processes (such as tectonics and chemical mass transport) at an unprecedented high resolution from the natural record. We invite contributions that address advances in any of these areas and / or provide illustrative examples of such applications.
Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Prof. Jay J. Ague, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
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