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Journal:   IRANIAN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE   Fall 2000 , Volume 1 , Number 2; Page(s) 109 To 130.
 
Paper: 

DEFORMATIONAL BEHAVIOR OF QUARTZ AND FELDSPAR IN QUARTZITES WITHIN SHEAR ZONES IN THE ADELAIDE HILLS AREA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 
 
Author(s):  YASAGHI ALI*
 
* Tarbiet-Modaress University, Tehran, Iran
 
Abstract: 
Observations on the deformational behavior of quartz and feldspar grains in the Stonyfell Quartzite within the shear zones in Adelaide Hills area show that quartz grains exhibit mainly intracrystalline deformation features while feldspar grains show mainly internal fracturing. In grains with greater dislocation density, however, quartz grains show evidence of dynamic recrystallisation and feldspar grains display only weak intracrystalline deformation features. From these observations it appears that strain and displacement along the shear zones was accommodated mainly by dislocation creep (crystal plastic) deformation mechanism. This can be constrain by the greater reduction in the lengths of short axes of quartz grains with respect to their long axes. Moreover, quantitative evaluation of the quartz-grain configuration data on a number of quartzite samples from within shear zones indicates that from the upper transitional zones toward the base of shear zones the grain size decreases, the aspect ratio increases, and the shape-preferred orientation of grains is modified due to shearing process. Similarly, the intensity of intracrystalline deformation features in quartz grains increases from the upper transitional zones towards the base of shear zones. Along the base of shear zones, softening mechanisms reduced the work-hardening process and increased the ductility of the quartzite which can be evidenced by the development of core and mantle structures
 
Keyword(s): DEFORMATIONAL BEHAVIOR, QUARTZITES, SHEAR ZONES, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
 
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