In geology, solid-state recrystallization is a metamorphic process that occurs under temperature and pressure where atoms of a mineral are reorganized by diffusion and/or dislocation glide. The mineral composition may remain unchanged. This process can be illustrated by observing how snow recrystallizes to ice.
As opposed to metasomatism, which is a change in composition, recrystallization can be a purely physical process.
|Crystallization · Crystal growth |
Recrystallization · Seed crystal
Protocrystalline · Single crystal
|Methods and technology|
Crystal bar process
Laser-heated pedestal growth
Shaping processes in crystal growth
|Nucleation · Crystal |
Crystal structure · Solid