Gamma-ray spectroscopy in structural correlations; an example from the Neoproterozoic Dalradian succession of Donegal (NW Ireland)

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doi: 10.1017/S0016756800003976
Authors:Hadley, M. J.; Ruffell, A.; Leslie, A. G.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Queen's University of Belfast, School of Geosciences, Belfast, United Kingdom
Volume Title:Geological Magazine
Source:Geological Magazine, 137(3), p.319-333. Publisher: Cambridge University Press, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0016-7568
Publication Date:2000
Note:In English. 35 refs.; illus., incl. geol. sketch maps, 3 tables, sects.
Summary:Two conflicting stratigraphic interpretations for the inverted succession exposed in the hanging wall of the Caledonian Horn Head slide, a spectacular shear zone transecting Neoproterozoic Dalradian metasediments in Donegal, have been clarified by using gamma-ray spectroscopy to compare the contentious hanging wall pelite with two possible correlative pelite formations from a wide area of their unequivocal outcrop. The data for K, U and Th show a clear statistical and geographical affinity with only one of the two pelites. This technique may provide a rapid, field-based method for differentiating unfossiliferous pelitic units at outcrop and in geophysical well-logs. [R.A.H.]
Subsections:Sedimentary rocks
Subjects:Clastic rocks; Correlation; Dalradian; Deformation; Ductile deformation; Faults; Fold and thrust belts; Gamma-ray spectra; Gravity sliding; Metamorphic rocks; Metasedimentary rocks; Neoproterozoic; Precambrian; Proterozoic; Reconstruction; Sedimentary rocks; Shale; Shear zones; Spectra; Tectonics; Upper Precambrian; Donegal Ireland; Europe; Ireland; Western Europe; Appin Group; Falcarragh Formation; Horn Head Slide
Coordinates:N420000 N440000 E0220000 E0190000
Abstract Numbers:01M/540
Record ID:2000066109
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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