Emplacement of the Etive Dyke Swarm, Scotland: implications of dyke morphology and AMS data
George A. Morris, Masumi Kamada, Victor Martinez, 2008. "Emplacement of the Etive Dyke Swarm, Scotland: implications of dyke morphology and AMS data", Structure and Emplacement of High-Level Magmatic Systems, K. Thomson, N. Petford
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The Etive Dyke Swarm is the largest Caledonian dyke swarm in Britain and Ireland. Field and petrophysical (AMS–anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility) data are presented that indicate the dykes resulted from passive upwelling of magmas into fractures created by regional tectonic stresses. During the period of dyke intrusion (around 415 Ma) periodic episodes of sinistral transpression affected the region and were probably associated with sinistral movement on the Great Glen and other regional faults that lie subparallel (approximately 5° clockwise) from the long axis of the swarm. AMS data show that magma upwelled subvertically across the swarm and suggests that the dykes fed a volcanic field much larger than the now preserved Glencoe Volcano complex.
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There are continual rounds of annual conferences, special sessions and other symposia that provide ample opportunity for researchers to convene and discuss igneous processes. However, the origins of laccoliths and sills continue to inspire and confound geologists.
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This book contains contributions on physical geology, igneous petrology, volcanology, structural geology, crustal mechanics and geophysics that cover the entire gambit of geological processes associated with the shallow emplacement of magma. High-level intrusions in sedimentary basins can also act as hydrocarbon reservoirs and as sources for thermal maturation.
In drawing together a diversity of perspectives on the emplacement of sills, laccoliths and dykes we hope to advance further our understanding of their behaviour.