Abstract

We discovered unusual very small (2 to 70 cm) mafic bodies intruded into metamorphosed Early Carboniferous sandstone and shale in the Late Paleozoic Tastau volcanoplutonic complex (Char shear zone, eastern Kazakhstan). The small intrusions possibly emplaced during shearing when sediments experienced cataclasis and ensuing viscosity decrease. The shear rate was comparable to that in historic crustal earthquakes. Rapid shear motion concurrent with magmatism caused fragmentation of the injecting low-viscosity melt and its dispersal in globular and other bodies along linear breccia zones. The origin of the intrusions is explained in a tectonic model.

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