Three dimensional sheath folds in quartz mylonite, Cap de Creus

G I Alsop* (Corresponding Author), J. Carreras

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Highly curvilinear sheath folds are developed within bands of quartz mylonite in a phyllonitic host, Cap de Creus, Spain (see Alsop and Carreras, 2007 G.I. Alsop and J. Carreras, The structural evolution of sheath folds: a case study from Cap de Creus, Journal of Structural Geology 29 (2007), pp. 1915–1930. Article | PDF (5291 K) | View Record in Scopus | Cited By in Scopus (6)Alsop and Carreras, 2007). The sheath folds locally display up to 160° of hinge line curvature to define “hairpin” geometries. Phyllonite is preserved in the core of each 3D sheath, which close in both directions about the mineral lineation defining the transport direction. The downwards closing sheath immediately to the left of the coin (15 mm diameter) displays highly variable hinge orientations, whilst the upwards closing sheath further to the left is marked by an irregular hinge associated with fold hinge-line vergence (see Alsop and Holdsworth, 2004). These sheath folds are bisected by the mylonitic mineral lineation, which they locally refold around their hinges. There is no evidence of multiple deformation “phases” and sheaths at various stages of “evolutionary” development can be observed. These sheaths are interpreted to be the product of progressive deformation within a simple shear-dominated shear zone.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Structural Geology
Issue number1
Early online date4 Mar 2008
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


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