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Metamorphic Fabrics

By April 15, 2013

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gneissose fabricWith many rocks, we identify them through their minerals. But with metamorphic rocks, often the fabric is the most basic feature. Like this rock, which is defined as gneiss from its gneissose fabric (or, if you like, from its gneissosity as in "Nice ossity, dude"). Gneissosity is one of the six major metamorphic fabrics listed and described in this new article.
Gneissose fabric — Geology Guide photo

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