Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
Solid Earth, 11, 2141–2167, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-2141-2020
Solid Earth, 11, 2141–2167, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-2141-2020

Research article 18 Nov 2020

Research article | 18 Nov 2020

Relationship between microstructures and resistance in mafic assemblages that deform and transform

Nicolas Mansard et al.

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ED: Publish as is (04 Oct 2020) by Federico Rossetti(Executive Editor)
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Our rock deformation experiments (solid-medium Griggs-type apparatus) on wet assemblages of mafic compositions show that the ability of minerals to react controls the portions of rocks that deform and that minor chemical and mineralogical variations can considerably modify the strength of deformed assemblages. Our study suggests that the rheology of mafic rocks, which constitute a large part of the oceanic crust, cannot be summarized as being rheologically controlled by monophase materials.