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This chapter documents the fracture process associated with the early cooling stage of felsic magma. Characteristics of pre-exhumation joints include their spatial distribution in granite bodies, their fracture surface morphology, and geological and petrological evidence for the depth of fracture initiation. These characteristics allow inferences about the depth and the time of joint origin in the South Bohemian Pluton. The intrusion levels of currently exposed granites of the pluton were 7.4 km in the northern part and 14.3 km in the southern part.

Within the northern Mrákotín Granite (Boršov) early NNE joints propagated while the granite was at a...

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