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granitization

[gran-i-tuh-zey-shuh n] /ˌgræn ɪ təˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a hypothetical process of forming granite.
Also called granitification
[gran-i-tuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌgræn ɪ tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; granitize + -ation
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granitization

/ˌɡrænɪtaɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the metamorphic conversion of a rock into granite
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Encyclopedia Article for granitization

formation of granite or closely related rocks by metamorphic processes, as opposed to igneous processes in which such rocks form from a melt, or magma, of granitic composition. In granitization, sediments are transformed in their solid state or in a partially molten state. The solid-state process requires the addition and removal of various chemical components by solid-state diffusion, vapour transport, or the movement of certain fluids such as aqueous solutions

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