Abstract A major system of steep Caledonian shear zones, of regional extent, has been identified in NE Scotland. The shear zones affect a wide range of lithologies, including Argyll and Southern Highland Group Dalradian, ‘Younger Basic’intrusives and their hornfelses, and also the earlier of the more acid intrusions. The observed fabrics and parageneses are consistent with low‐pressure amphibolite facies metamorphism. These shear zones represent a phase of movement which occurred in the 490‐465 Ma interval when ambient temperatures were still high, and it is concluded that this is the principal control on the metamorphic grade achieved within the shear zones, although local anomalies may exist.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Metamorphic Geology|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1984|
- Buchan area
- Key‐words: amphibolite facies
- shear zones