Strain Localization Along the Atlantis Bank Oceanic Detachment Fault System, Southwest Indian Ridge
Microstructural observations and mineral thermometry from in situ samples collected from the Atlantis Bank oceanic core complex (SW Indian Ridge) indicate that detachment faulting was initiated under hypersolidus conditions in the ductile regime and continued through subgreenschist temperatures through the ductile, semibrittle, and brittle regimes as strain localized along the exposed, now subhorizontal fault surface. Ductile, semibrittle, and brittle fabrics are developed within dominantly gabbroic rocks. Footwall rocks exhibit crystal plastic fabrics distributed over a structural thickness up ...
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