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Role of plutonic and metamorphic block exhumation in a forearc ophiolite mélange belt: An example from the Mineoka belt, Japan

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Ryota Mori
Ryota Mori
Master's Program of Science and Technology, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8572, Japan
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Yujiro Ogawa
Yujiro Ogawa
Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8572, Japan
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Naoto Hirano
Naoto Hirano
Laboratory for Earthquake Chemistry, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
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Toshiaki Tsunogae
Toshiaki Tsunogae
Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8572, Japan
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Masanori Kurosawa
Masanori Kurosawa
Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8572, Japan
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Tae Chiba
Tae Chiba
Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8572, Japan
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Published:
August 01, 2011

We investigated the field relations, metamorphic and deformation conditions, age, and chemistry of basaltic, plutonic, and metamorphic blocks in the Mineoka ophiolite mélange belt, Boso Peninsula, central Japan, to clarify their emplacement mechanisms. We considered internal and external deformation of the blocks in the context of the complicated processes by which the ophiolite mélange belt was formed in a forearc setting. A two-stage history leading to the present-day forearc sliver fault zone was revealed: an early stage of deep ductile deformation followed by an episode of brittle deformation at shallower levels. Both stages were the result of transpressional stress conditions. The first stage produced subduction-related schistosity with microfolding and mylonitization and then brecciation during exhumation in the intraoceanic subduction zone, from a maximum depth of garnet-amphibolite facies or eclogitic facies. The second stage was characterized by strong, brittle shear deformation as the rocks were incorporated into the present-day fault zone. The first incorporation of the oceanic plate to the side of the Honshu arc might have occurred during the Miocene, and was followed by right-lateral oblique subduction that has continued ever since the Boso triple junction arrived at its present-day position, thus forming the paleo-Sagami trough plate boundary.

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GSA Special Papers

Mélanges: Processes of Formation and Societal Significance

John Wakabayashi
John Wakabayashi
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, California, USA
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Yildirim Dilek
Yildirim Dilek
Department of Geology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
480
ISBN print:
9780813724805
Publication date:
August 01, 2011

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