Constraining timing of brittle deformation and fault gouge formation in the Sydney Basin
MetadataShow full item record
Structural and K–Ar dating studies of gouge in N–S, NNE and E–W-trending faults in four locations in the Sydney–Hunter region are reported. The fault zones are manifest as joint swarms and highly brecciated zones containing gouge with authigenic illite produced as a result of fluid infiltration. Strike-slip movement accompanied by minor dip-slip, normal movement occurred on the NNE faults, with dip slip on N–S and E–W-trending faults. In this study, gouge from a NE-trending, steep, SE-dipping fault showing dip-slip movement at Cut 10, on the Hunter Expressway and from an E–W-trending, steep south-dipping, normal fault at the Westside Open Cut, Lake Macquarie have been analysed. K–Ar dating of illite and illite–smectite in fractions extracted from fault gouges in areas unaffected by a thermal overprint reveals ages varying from 166 to 119 Ma for the <2 μm and finer fractions, and a mean age of ca 120 Ma for the <0.4 μm fraction. In the Sydney area and the Westside Open Cut coal mine, Lake Macquarie, the ages obtained from similar size fractions both for the gouge and for the host rocks are younger (134–76 Ma; av. <0.4 μm = 111 Ma). The data indicate influence of a thermal overprint associated with subsurface magmas emplaced during the early stages of the rifting of eastern Gondwana during the early Cretaceous.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Structural geology and gold mineralisation of the Ora Banda and Zuleika districts, Eastern Goldfields, Western Australia.Tripp, Gerard I. (2000)Late-Archaean deformation at Ora Banda 69km northwest of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, resulted in upright folds (D2), ductile shear zones (D3), and a regional-scale brittle-ductile fault network (D4). Early low-angle ...
Metallogenesis of the Carajás Mineral Province, Southern Amazon Craton, Brazil: Varying styles of Archean through Paleoproterozoic to Neoproterozoic base- and precious-metal mineralisationGrainger, C.; Groves, D.; Tallarico, F.; Fletcher, Ian (2008)The Itacaiúnas Belt of the highly mineralised Carajás Mineral Province comprises ca. 2.75 Ga volcanic rocks overlain by sedimentary sequences of ca. 2.68 Ga age, that represent an intracratonic basin rather than a greenstone ...
Watkinson, I.; Elders, Chris; Hall, R. (2008)The Khlong Marui Fault (KMF) and Ranong Fault (RF) are major NNE-trending strike-slip faults which dissect peninsular Thailand. They have been assumed to be conjugate to the NW-trending Three Pagodas Fault (TPF) and Mae ...