Ultrahigh Pressure Metamorphism (UHPM) is a fast growing discipline that was established 25 years ago after discoveries of high pressure minerals, coesite and diamonds. The current explosion of research on UHMP terranes reflects their significance for understanding large scale mantle dynamics, major elements of plate tectonics such as continental collisions, deep subduction and exhumation, mountains building, geochemical recycling 'from surface to the core', and a deep storage of light elements participating in green-house effects in the atmosphere. This book provides insights into the formation of diamond and coesite at very high pressures and explores new ideas regarding the tectonic setting of this style of metamorphism.

Key Features

  • Important, authoritative and comprehensive one-stop resource for the growing ultrahigh pressure metamorphism UHPM research community
  • A forward-looking approach founded upon a detailed historical perspective on UHPM presents the trends in discovery, methodology and theory over the last 25 years, allowing readers to gain a clear understanding of the current trends and the approaches that will shape the science in the future
  • A highly diverse set of articles, covering a wide range of methods and sub-disciplines


Geologists and geological survey, mining and resources planning workers


Table of Contents

  1. Frontiers of Ultra-high Pressure Metamorphism: View from Field and Laboratory
  2. Larissa Dobrzhinetskaya and Shah Wali Faryad

    Part I. Diamonds – new studies

  3. Diamond–lonsdaleite–graphite relations examined by Raman mapping of carbon microinclusions inside zircon at Kumdy Kol, Kokchetav, Kazakhstan: Evidence of the metamictisation of diamond
  4. D. C. Smith, L. Dobrzhinetskaya, G. Godard and H. Green

  5. Diamond and other possible ultra-deep evidence discovered in the orogenic spinel-garnet peridotite from the Moldanubian Zone of the Bohemian Massif, Czech Republic
  6. Kosuke Naemura, Daijo Ikuta, Hiroyuki Kagi, Shoko Odake, Tadamasa Ueda, Shugo Ohi, Tomoyuki Kobayashi, Martin Svojtka and Takao Hirajima

  7. Diamond formation from amorphous carbon and graphite in presence of COH fluids: an in Situ high pressure and temperature laser-heated diamond anvil cell experimental study
  8. Junfeng Zhang, Vitali Prakapenka, Atsushi Kubo, Abby Kavner, Harry W. Green and Larissa F. Dobrzhinetskaya

  9. Origin of high-pressure disordered metastable phases (lonsdaleite and incipiently amorphized quartz) in metamorphic rocks: geodynamic shock or crystal-scale overpressure?
  10. G. Godard, M.-L. Frezzotti, R. Palmeri, and D.C. Smith

    Part II. Minerals chemistry, reactions and microstructures in UHPM rocks

  11. Origin and Metamorphic Evolution of Garnet clinopyroxenite from the Sulu UHP Terrane, China: Evidence from Mineral Chemistry and Microstructures
  12. Ru Y. Zhang, Juhn G. Liou, Jason. M. Huberty, Huifang Xu, Kenshi Maki, Bor-Ming Jahn and Yoshiyuk Iizuka

  13. The correlation between Raman spectra and the mineral composition of muscovite and phengite
  14. Huijuan Li, Lifei Zhang and Andrew G. Christy

  15. Increasing chlorinity in fluids along the prograde metamorp


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About the authors

Larissa Dobrzhinetskaya

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Riverside, CA, USA

Shah Wali Faryad

Affiliations and Expertise

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Simon Wallis

Affiliations and Expertise

Nagoya University, Japan

Simon Cuthbert

Affiliations and Expertise

University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow, UK