This Special Publication of the Geological Society followed an International Conference with the same theme. The main aim of the volume according to the editors was to sample ‘frontier research’ on the processes that lead to the exhumation of metamorphic rocks in ancient and modern orogens. The volume contains sixteen papers arranged into three sections.

In understanding of exhumation processes, in common with other growth interest areas, the Earth Sciences has generated a raft of often poorly defined terminology. The initial paper by the editors provides, therefore, a useful review of the exhumation problem defining the terms of reference, identifying...

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