By Soumyajit Mukherjee
Research of microstructures is an crucial section of realizing structural geology of any terrain. a few ‘new’ microscopic constructions reminiscent of ‘flanking microstructures’, trapezoid-shaped mineral grains, reversal of ductile shear feel, micro-duplexes, V-pull aparts, and new minerals nucleating within host minerals have lately been defined in person manuscripts. although, for the sake of brevity, microstructural papers can't exhibit all attainable edition of their morphology. The proposed publication goals to offer those constructions with appealing color images. each one photomicrograph can have a entire caption. The booklet additionally offers grain boundary migration, boudins, indicators of metamorphic retrogression, and the way popular shear experience symptoms (S-C materials, mineral fish etc.) differ in morphology in serial-sections. the objective viewers is for graduate and postgraduate geosciences scholars and researchers of structural geology.
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70 An irregular-shaped staurolite got parallel pull apart at left. Plane polarized light. Location Zanskar Shear Zone (India). Width of view 4 mm 1 Mineral Fish and Ductile Shear Senses 37 Fig. 71 A nearly spindle-shaped staurolite porphyroblast. Its tapering side at right is synthetic secondary ductile sheared to top-to-right-down sense. This shear sense is demonstrated prominently by dragged elongated sigmoid biotites and quartzofeldspathic mineral grains. Plane polarized light. Location Zanskar Shear Zone (India).
Plane polarized light. 5 mm Fig. 4 A parallelogram-shaped inclusion of biotite inside a host of biotite. Top-to-left-down shear. Cleavages of the host mineral curved in opposite sense near their contact with the biotite inclusion. Plane polarized light. Location Higher Himalaya (Himachal Pradesh, India). Width of view 1 mm 58 3 Flanking Microstructures and Nucleations Fig. 5 Flanking structure: a biotite grain cuts across other biotite grains. Cleavages of the latter grains swerve near the cross-cutting grain.
Nearly straight inclusion pattern sympathetic to shear sense. Isolated mica grains overall define S-fabrics and show the same shear sense. Reproduced from Fig. 8c of Mukherjee (2011). Plane polarized light. Location Karakoram Shear Zone (India). Width of view 5 mm Fig. 64 A nearly symmetric lenticular mica fish with irregular margin. The shape does not reveal shear sense. Can inclination of the cleavages with respect to the primary shear C-plane be used as shear sense indicator reliably?. Here the C-plane is oriented horizontal as deciphered from outside the field of view.