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A type of rock that has undergone an irreversible change in structure and texture due to the geologic application of heat and or pressure. Marble is a metamorphic form of Limestone. Other types of metamorphic rocks include Slate, Gneiss, and Quartzite.

Synonyms and Related Terms

metamorphic rock; Metamorphe Gesteine (Deut.); roca metamófica (Esp.); roche métamorphique (Fr.); metamorf gesteente (Ned.); rocha metamórfica (Port.); metamorficzne (Pol.); metamorf bergart (Sven.)

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Robert Fournier, Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1992
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998