Mid-Infrared Spectral Behavior of Metamorphic Rocks.
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Mid-infrared 6 to 40 micrometers spectra of metamorphic rocks and rock-forming minerals are presented, and their molecular vibration bands identified. While igneous and sedimentary rocks are typically composed of a few major rockforming minerals in different proportions, metamorphic rocks may contain many different mineral components, some of which are vertually unique to the metamorphic environment. As a result, metamorphic rocks display a great range in spectral behavior. However, similar metamorphic facies exhibit similar spectral behavior, and this behavior is readily understandable in terms of rock mineralogy. This understanding is aided by the fact that metamorphic recrystallization is usually accompanied by a sharpening of the spectral features.
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