Shear zones of the Limpopo Belt and adjacent granitoid-greenstone terranes; implications for late Archaean collision tectonics in Southern Africa

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doi: 10.1016/0301-9268(92)90045-P
Authors:McCourt, Stephen; Vearncombe, Julian R.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Univ. Pretoria, Dep. Geol., Hillcrest, South Africa
Univ. Cape Town, South Africa
Univ. West. Aust., Australia
Volume Title:Special issue; The Archaean Limpopo granulite belt; tectonics and deep crustal processes
Volume Authors:van Reenen, Dirk D., editor; Roering, Chris; Ashwal, L. D.; de Wit, Maarten J.
Source:Precambrian Research, 55(1-4), p.553-570; Granulites and deep crustal tectonics, June 21-July 1, 1990, edited by Dirk D. van Reenen, Chris Roering, L. D. Ashwal and Maarten J. de Wit. Publisher: Elsevier, Amsterdam, International. ISSN: 0301-9268
Publication Date:1992
Note:In English. 63 refs.; sects., geol. sketch maps
Summary:Granulite metamorphism in the > 2650 m.y. Limpopo belt is related to crustal thickening due to late Archaean collision tectonics. The central zone of the belt is a major thrust sheet of distinctive lithological, structural and isotopic character, separated from adjacent terrains by crustal-scale shear zones, and the N and S marginal zones are up-thrust deep-level granulite- facies terrains of the adjacent cratons. Geometrically the marginal zones are mirror images and the Limpopo belt is essentially symmetrical in N-S section. The direction of emplacement of the central zone was also the collision direction. This was from NE to SW, with the upthrust, outwardly directed, marginal zones developing in mechanical response to this collision. [R.E.S.]
Subjects:Archean; Crustal shortening; Fabric; Facies; Geophysical profiles; Granites; Granulite facies; Granulites; Greenstone; Igneous rocks; Metamorphic rocks; Metamorphism; Neoarchean; Orogeny; Plate collision; Plutonic rocks; Precambrian; Schists; Shear zones; Structural geology; Tectonics; Terranes; Africa; Kaapvaal Craton; Limpopo Belt; South Africa; Southern Africa; Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe Craton; Murchison Lineament; Palala shear zone; Sunnyside shear zone
Abstract Numbers:93M/1173
Record ID:1992015381
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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