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About Joseph V. Chernosky Jr.

Metamorphic minerals and mineral assemblages record information about the intensive conditions temperature, fluid pressure, oxygen fucacity, etc. which they experienced during metamorphism. Laboratory experiments are required to quantify these conditions. My research effort has two principle objectives: (1) to experimentally locate, in P(fluid)-T-X(CO2) space, the positions of key metamorphic equilibria in the model chemical system CaO-MgO-A12O3-SiO2-H2O-CO2, and (2) to use the experimentally located equilibria to refine the thermochemical parameters for selected rock-forming minerals which occur in the model system. The latter objective is pursued in cooperation with Rob Berman of the Geological Survey of Canada.


Present Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences


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Contact Information

Phone: 207-581-2151
Fax: 207-581-2202
Department of Earth Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center
Room 217
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5790