Einaudi, Marco T. Department of Applied Earth Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
- Geologic environments and scales
- Classification and terminology
- Quartzo-feldspathic rocks
- Carbonate and ultramafic rocks
- Additional Readings
The process by which the bulk chemical composition of a rock is changed from some previous state by the introduction of components from an external source. In contrast with metamorphism, where rocks are converted to a new set of minerals with little or no change in bulk composition, metasomatism involves the import and export of chemical components through the agency of a chemically active fluid.
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