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26 April 2012

Slickensides on a fault cutting granite

Another shot from my pre-GSA structural geology field trip to the Superior Craton last fall, up in southern Ontario, Canada. The image shows slickenlines coated with brownish fault gouge and oxide staining, cutting through a high-potassium granite (see fresh surface at upper left). The slickenlines are little gouged grooves where asperities (bumps) on the block of rock opposite this one ground into this rock along the fault surface as the …


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