Feldspar aggregates experimentally deformed in the dislocation creep regime undergo dynamic recrystallization because recovery is difficult due to the limited climb of dislocations. Recrystallizing aggregates have a lower strength because of the cyclic production of small, strain-free grains, and they develop a strong preferred orientation, consistent with that observed in mylonites. Thus, recrystallization-accommodated dislocation creep may be responsible for the grain-size reduction and strain softening that lead to the formation of many mylonites and ductile shear zones.

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