Evolution of a shear zone before, during and after melting

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Amicia L Lee , Geoffrey Lloyd, Taija Torvela, Andrew Walker 


Partial melt in the deforming mid/lower continental crust causes a strength decrease and drives formation of lithological heterogeneities. However, mechanisms of formation of syn-melt deformation zones and strain partitioning in partially molten rock remain poorly understood. We use field and microstructural observations to unravel the evolution of a partial melt shear zone, Seiland Igneous Province, Northern Norway. The Øksfjord shear zone (ØSZ) is one of several paragneiss shear zones present within gabbros of the Seiland Igneous Province, formed by syn-intrusive deep crustal shearing during lithospheric extension relating to continental rifting. Microstructures from the ØSZ show evidence for different deformation conditions. The first phase was active pre-melt and involved deformation at high subsolidus temperatures. This was followed by syn-melt deformation of the shear zone causing a relative strength increase towards the shear zone centre upon crystallisation. The third phase nucleated two parallel shear zones at the edges of the ØSZ, melt textures are absent and microstructures indicate deformation at lower temperatures and higher stresses. In effect, melt migration towards the shear zone centre ultimately led to strengthening of the shear zone core, with post-crystallisation deformation focusing along shear zone margins where significant heterogeneities are present.




Earth Sciences, Geology, Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Tectonics and Structure


deformation, migmatite, partial melt, quartz, Shear zone


Published: 2019-07-18 19:32

Last Updated: 2020-01-16 21:05

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