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Two models to explain the progressive deformation of syntectonic quartz veins are derived from conventional theories for simple and pure shears. The simple-shear model is based on reorientation and changes in length of linear vein elements, and predicts initial orientations of veins for imposed shear strains, elongations and strain ratios. The pure-shear model considers changes in length of lines variably orientated relative to the maximum compression direction, and yields estimates of elongation strains and strain ratios. Expectations of both models are different, as illustrated by analysis of quartz veins from the Rhoscolyn Anticline, Anglesey, NW Wales. The simple-shear model...

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