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When nucleation and growth of minerals in rocks occur, the system as a whole approaches a lower energy state. At given temperature, pressure and composition, the stable state corresponds to the minimum value of the rock Gibbs function. However, a description in term of equilibrium is not appropriate to understand the genesis of spatially ordered dispositions of minerals, non-equilibrium minerals morphology, zonation, and all features preceding equilibrium. Very commonly the kinetics of the transformation is frozen in, and disequilibrium textures beautifully show up. These situations must be described in terms of flow of components driven by the gradients of...

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