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Mesoscale strike-slip faults and damage zones at Marsalforn, Gozo Island, Malta

Kim, Young-Seog, Peacock, D.C.P. and Sanderson, David J. (2003) Mesoscale strike-slip faults and damage zones at Marsalforn, Gozo Island, Malta Journal of Structural Geology, 25, (5), pp. 793-812. (doi:10.1016/S0191-8141(02)00200-6).

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Well-exposed strike-slip faults in limestones in the north-western part of Gozo show damage zones that can be grouped into three categories based on their location along faults; tip damage, linking damage and distributed damage. The predominant fracture types within damage zones include extension fractures and secondary faults. Tip damage zones usually show wedge-shaped patterns formed by antithetic faults and extension fractures, commonly accompanied by block rotation. Several fractures are combined at linking damage zones, typically with the concentration of a high intensity of fractures. Structures in distributed damage zones are typically similar to the classical Riedel shear pattern. Evolutionary and 3D models are proposed in terms of the geometries of damage zones for small displacement strike-slip fault zones. Different evolutionary routes depend on fault tip modes and locations.

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Published date: May 2003
Keywords: strike-slip faults, damage zones, fracture types


Local EPrints ID: 52987
ISSN: 0191-8141
PURE UUID: 7dacbe28-f9f8-49d1-b832-988441d38d6c
ORCID for David J. Sanderson: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 17 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:39

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