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The tectonic evolution of the the Lewisian Complex in northern Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Davies, F. B., Lisle, Richard John and Watson, J. 1975. The tectonic evolution of the the Lewisian Complex in northern Lewis, Outer Hebrides. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 86 (1) , pp. 45-61. 10.1016/S0016-7878(75)80003-4

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The earliest tectonic and metamorphic events recorded in northern Lewis, perhaps of early Scourian (c. 2800 Ma.) age, led to the formation of a gneiss complex in which large areas of banded quartzofeldspathic gneisses were interleaved with narrow belts incorporating metamorphosed supracrustal and intrusive igneous rock. The later (late Scourian and Laxfordian) stages of tectonic evolution were controlled by the development of a north-westerly and a north-easterly lineament which are followed by the present coastlines. The bulk strains recorded in these lineaments are high relative to those in the block which lies between them and a wide concentric zoning is recorded by both structural and metamorphic features. Contrasts between the style and orientation of structures in the lineaments and those of the intervening block appear to have been established at an early stage and enhanced during successive phases. Both fold-structures and fabrics appear to have undergone progressive changes and to be adjusted to the bulk strain rather than to particular strain increments.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Publisher: Geological Society Pub.
ISSN: 0016-7878
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:11

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