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Joint fractography in European plutons frequently shows large fringe-tilt angles connected to small fringe-crack twist angles (type A). In contrast to this first type, fringes of joints that tilt at small angles out of the parent joint plane are often associated with high twist angles of en echelon fringe cracks (type B). The interaction of tilt and twist angles gives evidence for the mode (I, II and III) acting at the advancing crack front during fracture propagation and the formation of fringes. The different fringe types depend on the varying influence of mode II or mode III, which establishes...

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