Articles | Volume 8, issue 5
Solid Earth, 8, 1025–1045, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-8-1025-2017

Special issue: Analysis of deformation microstructures and mechanisms on...

Solid Earth, 8, 1025–1045, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-8-1025-2017

Research article 04 Oct 2017

Research article | 04 Oct 2017

Synchrotron FTIR imaging of OH in quartz mylonites

Andreas K. Kronenberg et al.

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Methods of measuring trace water contents of quartz at high resolution using synchrotron infrared radiation and spectroscopy are described and applied to deformed rocks of the Moine Thrust of NW Scotland and the Main Central Thrust of the Himalaya in NW India. By imaging OH absorption bands, variations in water content can be linked to deformation microstructures, providing information on the histories of deformation, recovery, introduction and loss of water, and water weakening.