I just read a wonderful series of posts by Life in a Plane Light describing how metamorphic reactions turn boring old mud into beautiful garnet schist. If anyone missed it, part one talks about the factors that make up metamorphism, the second talks about the first changes that happen to the mud when heat is applied, and the third adds deformation into the equation and gets us to the garnet. If you haven't read them yet they are so worth a look.
Gratuitous Cat Picture.
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