Garnet Mica Schist – Fauske
£2.90 – £4.90
Garnet Mica Schist from Fauske, Norway, displaying the details of regional metamorphism adjascent to a plate boundary. The garnet crystals stand out and protrude from the micaceous matrix. Specimens available in 2 sizes, and come supplied with a card tray and information label.
Garnet mica schist is a variation of mica schist, a metamorphic rock formed by medium grade metamorphism which is usually a combination of both heat and pressure applied to the original rock, often a clay, mud or shale. These rock specimens are composed mainly of muscovite mica, with minor occurrences of quartz and feldspar, however, these specimens also exhibit the presence of numerous garnet crystals, which can be seen as red dots on the rock. These garnets are known as porphyroblasts, and suggest that the environment of formation was at or in close proximity to a convergent plate boundary with medium grade regional metamorphism taking place. The garnets are stronger than the muscovite crystals and so in some instances, it will appear as though the garnets are pushing the mica crystals around it. These rocks come from Fauske, a region of Northern Norway, and are available in 2 sizes. Specimens will be supplied in a card tray with an information label.