katamorphism

katamorphism

[kat-uh-mawr-fiz-uhm]
noun Geology.
metamorphism at or near the earth's surface: breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones.
Compare anamorphism.


Origin:
1900–05; kata- + -morphism

katamorphic, adjective
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katamorphism

noun
metamorphism that occurs at or near the earth's surface; breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones [ant: anamorphism
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