Determination of the stress conditions of the ductile-to-brittle regime along the Asuke Shear Zone, SW Japan

Takuto Kanai*, Hideo Takagi

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The stress conditions of the ductile-to-brittle regime have been assessed along the Asuke Shear Zone (ASZ), which strikes NE-SW in the Cretaceous Ryoke granite terrain in SW Japan. Along the ASZ, pseudotachylyte and mylonitized pseudotachylyte are locally developed together with cataclasite. The simultaneous operation of dislocation creep and grain-size-sensitive creep, as indicated by the coexistence of the Z-maximum and relatively random c-axis lattice preferred orientations as well as the sizes of dynamically recrystallized quartz grains (6.40-7.79 μm) in the mylonitized pseudotachylyte, suggest differential stresses of 110-130 MPa at ~300 °C. The e-twin morphology, twinning ratio, and distribution of the glide direction on the e-twin plane of the twinned calcite in the amygdules of the pseudotachylyte suggest the stress conditions of the σ1 and σ3 axes trend 228° and 320° and plunge 55° and 1°, respectively, and indicate differential stresses of 40-80 MPa at 150-200 °C. Based on kinematic indicators in the fault rocks, the stress conditions estimated from calcite twins, and the cooling history of the granitic protolith, the ASZ is inferred to have been activated under a stress state that caused sinistral normal movements before and after pseudotachylyte formation at 70-50 Ma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-167
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Structural Geology
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1


  • Asuke Shear Zone
  • Calcite e-twin
  • Ductile-to-brittle transition
  • Mylonitized pseudotachylyte

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology


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