Omphacite—a mineral under pressure!
Article first published online: 15 MAR 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd, The Geologists' Association & The Geological Society of London
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 71–75, March/April 2012
How to Cite
McNamara, D. D. (2012), Omphacite—a mineral under pressure!. Geology Today, 28: 71–75. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2012.00830.x
- Issue published online: 15 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 15 MAR 2012
The mineral omphacite is one of the primary constituents of eclogite facies (high pressure, high temperature) rocks. It commonly acts as the framework supporting mineral in eclogite facies rocks found in subduction and collision zones. As such this mineral is under pressure, from geologists, to provide insights into how eclogite facies rocks deform and metamorphically evolve. These insights, which are a key factor in omphacite studies, have implications for our understanding of the processes operating throughout the evolution of mountain building events.