Damage zone and slip-surface evolution over mu m to km scales in high-porosity Navajo sandstone, Utah

Shipton, Z.K. and Cowie, P.A. (2001) Damage zone and slip-surface evolution over mu m to km scales in high-porosity Navajo sandstone, Utah. Journal of Structural Geology, 23(12), pp. 1825-1844. (doi: 10.1016/S0191-8141(01)00035-9)

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Detailed mapping of throw variations and deformation along two kin-scale normal faults in the high-porosity Navajo sandstone, Utah, has been used to investigate fault growth in this lithology. The faults consist of one or more through-going, striated, slip-surfaces, accommodating the greater part of the offset surrounded by a damage zone consisting of deformation band clusters and short, unconnected slip-surfaces. In contrast to previous models for deformation in this lithology, we find that the nucleation of slip-surfaces begins where measurable throw is negligible and deformation bands are forming and increasing in number. The microstructure and porosity of deformation bands and slip surfaces are distinct and independent of the amount of offset that they accommodate, i.e. they represent different and yet contemporaneous deformation mechanisms. The point where measurable throw begins to accumulate (the fault tip) is marked by the first through-going connected slip-surface. Increase in throw towards the centre of the fault results in a three-dimensional strain field, producing orthorhombic structural geometries within the damage zone. We find that the total width of the damage zone increases as offset is accumulated. For these faults, the damage zone width is approximately 2.5 times the total fault throw.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cowie, Dr Phillip and Shipton, Dr Zoe
Authors: Shipton, Z.K., and Cowie, P.A.
Subjects:Q Science > QE Geology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Structural Geology

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