Solar & Brown (1999) (S & B) wrote an interesting, highly provocative paper that could lead unwary readers to accept uncritically a tectonometamorphic history for western Maine that is somewhat controversial. Moreover, some aspects of their paper, which are strongly emphasized, are such that they have inadvertently misrepresented much of my work and that of others on the metamorphic petrology of western Maine. It appears that they did not read carefully the previous literature on the area or failed to understand it fully.

Their paper may be an example of “model-driven” work in which the authors overtly sought tectonometamorphic evidence...

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