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The formation of new, crystalline mineral grains in a rock, essentially in the solid state, under the influence of metamorphic processes. A medium- to coarse-grained, commonly calcium enriched gabbroic rock containing, as essential minerals, grossular and diallage. Altered varieties also contain prehnite or serpentine or both. The line, on a variation diagram of an igneous rock series, that represents saturation with respect to silica. Rocks or magma to the right of the line are oversaturated and those to the left, undersaturated.

Based on their work on the Rhonda Massif, Obata et at. (1977) developed a petrogenetic model involving the diapiric uprise of peridotite, to explain the formation of these intrusions. As 24 the diapir rises, it loses heat by conduction to the surroundings, so that partial melting begins inside the diapir. As melting proceeds, liquid droplets coalesce to form thin sheets, and local pockets or lenses (Dickey 1970). Since the liquids formed are gravitationally and mechanically unstable, they tend to migrate upwards.

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