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Characterization of olivine fabrics and mylonite in the presence of fluid and implications for seismic anisotropy and shear localization
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- Received: 15 November 2013
- Accepted: 1 May 2014
- Published: 2 June 2014
The Lindås Nappe, Bergen Arc, is located in western Norway and displays two high-grade metamorphic structures. A Precambrian granulite facies foliation is transected by Caledonian fluid-induced eclogite-facies shear zones and pseudotachylytes. To understand how a superimposed tectonic event may influence olivine fabric and change seismic anisotropy, two lenses of spinel lherzolite were studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) techniques. The granulite foliation of the surrounding anorthosite complex is displayed in ultramafic lenses as a modal variation in olivine, pyroxenes, and spinel, and the Caledonian eclogite-facies structure in the surrounding anorthosite gabbro is represented by thin (<1 cm) garnet-bearing ultramylonite zones. The olivine fabrics in the spinel bearing assemblage were E-type and B-type and a combination of A- and B-type lattice preferred orientations (LPOs). There was a change in olivine fabric from a combination of A- and B-type LPOs in the spinel bearing assemblage to B- and E-type LPOs in the garnet lherzolite mylonite zones. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy analyses reveal that the water content of olivine in mylonite is much higher (approximately 600 ppm H/Si) than that in spinel lherzolite (approximately 350 ppm H/Si), indicating that water caused the difference in olivine fabric. Fabric strength of olivine gets weaker as the grain size reduced, and as a result, calculated seismic properties for the two deformation stages reveal that P- and S-velocity anisotropies are significantly weaker in the mylonite. Microtextures and LPO data indicate that the deformation mechanism changed from dominant dislocation creep in spinel lherzolite to dislocation creep accompanied by grain-boundary sliding in mylonite. Shear localization in the mylonite appears to be originated from the grain size reduction through (1) enhanced dynamic recrystallization of olivine in the presence of water and (2) Zener pinning of clinopyroxene or (3) by ultracomminution during the pseudotachylyte stage.
- Wall Rock
- Seismic Anisotropy
- Spinel Lherzolite
- Mylonite Zone
Olivine is a dominant mineral in the upper mantle. Knowledge of the lattice preferred orientation (LPO) of olivine can be used to understand mantle flow and the seismic anisotropy of the upper mantle (Nicolas and Christensen 1987; Ben Ismail and Mainprice 1998; Long 2013). The water content of olivine is one of the most important factors affecting olivine LPO (Jung and Karato 2001a). In the early studies, olivine fabric in upper mantle conditions thought to be dominated by one type of olivine LPO in upper mantle conditions (Ben Ismail and Mainprice 1998; Nicolas and Christensen 1987), which is later named as A-type (Jung and Karato 2001a). However, recent experimental studies (Jung and Karato 2001a; Jung et al. 2006; Karato et al. 2008; Katayama et al. 2004) show that A-, B-, C-, and E-types of olivine LPO can be observed under different deformation conditions. The relationship between olivine LPO and the water content of olivine has been established (Jung et al. 2006). Under dry conditions, A-type olivine LPO is observed and, characteristically, the  axes are aligned subparallel to lineation, and the  axes are aligned normal to foliation. Under water-rich conditions, olivine LPO can change to B-, C-, or E-types LPOs (Jung and Karato 2001a; Jung et al. 2006). For the B-type LPO, the  axes are aligned subparallel to lineation and the  axes are aligned normal to the foliation. For the C-type LPO, the  axes are subparallel to lineation and the  axes are normal to foliation. For the E-type LPO, the  axes are subparallel to lineation and the  axes are normal to foliation.
Water-related olivine fabrics have been reported in some natural peridotites. For example, Frese et al. (2003) reported that prograde garnet peridotite from Cima di Gagnone in the Central Alps (Switzerland) has the C-type LPO of olivine. Mehl et al. (2003) found that peridotite from Talkeetna arc in the south central Alaska (USA) has the E-type LPO of olivine. Katayama et al. (2005) found that garnet peridotite from Otrøy in the Western Gneiss Region (Norway) has the C-type LPO of olivine. Michibayashi et al. (2007) reported that peridotites from the southern Mariana trench have B-type LPO of olivine. Webber et al. (2008) noted that mantle peridotites from Red Hills (New Zealand) also have the B-type LPO of olivine. Jung (2009) reported that peridotites from Val Malenco (Italy) have both B- and E-type olivine LPO. Park et al. (2014) recently reported that spinel peridotites from Adam's Diggings, Rio Grande Rift (USA) contain C-type LPO of olivine. Jung et al. (2013) reported that peridotites from North Qaidam UHP collision belt (China) have C-type olivine LPO with olivine containing a large amount of water (1,130 ± 50 ppm H/Si). Park and Jung (2014) recently reported the B- and E-type LPO of olivine in the mantle xenoliths from Shanwang, eastern China. However, the effects of water and dynamic recrystallization on olivine fabric strength and two-stage deformations under water-rich conditions on seismic anisotropy are not yet well understood.
To use mantle fabrics to decipher plate movements, it is important to understand the timing of fabric development. This issue is closely linked to understanding mantle anisotropy, where studies of this topic generally assume that seismic anisotropy developed during a single tectonic event. Lindås Nappe, located in western Norway, contains rocks exposed to eclogite-facies conditions, and the anorthosites in this area possess two fabrics. Grenvillian granulite facies rocks are transected by eclogite-facies shear zones that developed during the Caledonian collision between Baltica and Lurentia. Lindås Nappe contains numerous small peridotite lenses that allow us to investigate fabric development in peridotites exposed to two high-grade metamorphic events with different amounts of fluid. Fluids may also promote metamorphic reactions, like transformation from spinel peridotite to garnet peridotite. Metamorphic reactions and changes in mineral assemblages can be associated with a change in fabric.
We show here that the peridotites, like the anorthosites, display two fabrics of different strengths and that these differences can be related to the water content of olivine. Microstructures are used to infer the deformation mechanism of olivine. Dislocation microstructures of olivine for the two structures are also reported. Consequences of our findings are discussed in relation to shear localization and seismic anisotropy in the upper mantle. Shear localization may have been initiated by intermediate deep earthquakes represented by pseudotachylytes. The earthquakes induced inhomogeneity in the rock through ultracomminution and allowed fluid influx.
Geological setting and sample description
Eclogitization during the Caledonian orogeny is associated with deformation and fluid infiltration (Austrheim 1987). Eclogites are formed along fractures and shear zones, and in breccias, where angular blocks of granulites are surrounded by eclogite. The Lindås Nappe anorthosite complex can be classified based on the percentage of eclogite - under 40%, 40% to 80%, and over 80% (Austrheim 1990). In the anorthositic rock body, there are a large number of pseudotachylyte veins that contain evidence of deep crustal seismic activity (Austrheim and Boundy 1994; Austrheim et al. 1996). The exact time of this seismic activity is unclear, but it must have taken place before or syn-eclogite facies metamorphism since the veins display an eclogite facies mineralogy.
The northwest part of the island of Holsnøy is a part of Lindås Nappe. Within this region, there are numerous strongly banded ultramafic lenses, typically 5 to 50 m across. They consist of lherzolites interlayered with websterites and garnet pyroxenites. Calculated equilibrium P-T conditions and age data of these lenses (Kühn et al. 2000) give 1 GPa, 743°C to 977°C, and 842 ± 12 Ma, which are consistent with those of the Grenvillian granulite-facies metamorphism recorded in surrounding anorthositic rocks (Austrheim and Griffin 1985). As with the surrounding anorthositic rocks, the ultramafic rocks were also affected by high-pressure metamorphism during the Caledonian orogeny and transformed from spinel lherzolite to garnet lherzolite with hydrous and carbonaceous phases (Kühn et al. 2000).
The samples used in our study were collected from the Hundskjeften area on the island of Holsnøy at a location where the surrounding anorthositic rocks formed an eclogite-facies breccia (Austrheim 1990) (Figure 1A, Additional file 1: Figure S1). The breccia is composed of granulite blocks surrounded by eclogite-facies shear zones where eclogite constitutes about 50% by volume. This area is transected by larger eclogite-facies shear zones (100 m wide) where eclogite constitutes up to 80% of the material in the shear zone (Figure 1A). Internal foliation within the ultramafic blocks (Figure 1B) consists of compositional bands defined by modal variations in olivine-pyroxene and pyroxene-garnet content. Mylonite structures are observed in two ultramafic bodies (Figure 1B). Morphology of the mylonite structures is similar to that of the pseudotachylyte veins which are observed within the anorthosite, indicating close relationship between two structures. The wall rock fabric is Grenvillian in age (ca. 930 Ma), while the mylonite zone is Caledonian in age (ca. 430 Ma) (Bingen et al. 2001; Glodny et al. 2008). Similar mylonite structures in ultramafic rocks are reported to exist at various localities, such as Balmuccia Peridotite, Italy (Ueda et al. 2008), Hilti Massif, Josephine Peridotite, USA (Skemer et al. 2010, 2013), Oman (Linckens et al. 2011; Michibayashi and Oohara 2013), and Étang de Lers, France (Drury et al. 2011).
Sample description and results
Modal composition (%)a
LPO of olivineb
A + B
A + B
A + B
A + B
Water content 3,620 to 3,500 cm-1d (ppm H/Si)
Water content 3,750 to 3,400 cm-1e (ppm H/Si)
Average grain sizef (μm)
Max. Vp anisotropy (%)
Max. Vs anisotropy (%)
Measurement of LPO
Foliation of samples from the large-grained (wall rock) area was determined as a compositional layering defined by modal variation of orthopyroxene (opx), clinopyroxene (cpx), garnet, and olivine (Figure 1B). Note that garnet is confined to the pyroxene rich parts as a garnet pyroxenite and is not in equilibrium with olivine (Kühn et al. 2000). Lineation was determined by examining the shape-preferred orientation of minerals in foliation using the projection-function method (Panozzo 1984). For samples from the mylonite zone, foliation and lineation were determined independently of the wall rock area. The mylonite layer itself was defined as foliation of the mylonite zone, and lineation for the mylonite zone was determined using the same method as applied to the wall rock area. After lineation and foliation were determined, a thin section was prepared in the x-z plane (x, lineation; z, normal to foliation) to study the LPO of minerals. An electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) detector attached to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) (JEOL JSM-6380) housed at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) in Seoul National University (SNU) was used to determine the LPO of each mineral. For the EBSD analysis, we used an HKL system with Channel 5 software. The accelerating voltage was 20 kV, and the working distance in the SEM was 15 mm. The EBSD pattern of an individual grain was analyzed manually to ensure an accurate solution. To estimate the fabric strength of the LPO, M-index proposed by Skemer et al. (2005) was used because it is insensitive to the number of grain measured and arbitrary numerical parameters compared to the J-index (Skemer et al. 2005). M-index ranges from 0 to 1:0 for the random fabric and 1 for the single crystal.
Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was used to measure water content in olivine and other minerals. Samples were polished on both sides to obtain a thickness of 100 to 180 μm for wall rock samples and 40 to 70 μm for mylonite samples (Table 1). After polishing, each sample was heated at temperature T = 120°C for 24 h to eliminate water from the surface or grain boundary. A Nicolet 6700 FTIR spectrometer with a continuum IR microscope housed at Tectonophysics laboratory in SEES in SNU was used with unpolarized transmitted light to collect FTIR spectra. An infrared aperture was placed on a single crystal without any cracks or inclusions. The aperture size was set to 50 μm × 50 μm for the large-grained area and 30 μm × 30 μm for the medium-grained area in mylonites. The measurements were carried out using a KBr beam-splitter and an MCT detector. A series of 128 scans was averaged for each spectrum with a resolution of 4 cm-1. The water content of olivine was calculated using the calibration method described by Paterson (1982) to be comparable to previous studies on olivine LPO under wet conditions (Jung and Karato 2001a; Jung et al. 2006) who also used Paterson's calibration. The same data using the Bell et al. (2003) calibration would yield a value approximately 3.5 times higher. Water content of olivine was calculated in two different ranges: 3,620 to 3,500 cm-1 to consider IR bends only related to the intra-crystalline OH in olivine and 3,750 to 3,400 cm-1 to include the influence of sub-micrometer scale hydrous minerals in olivine (Table 1). For each sample, FTIR spectra were collected from 10 different grains and averaged.
To observe the dislocation microstructures in olivine, an oxygen decoration technique (Kohlstedt et al. 1976) was applied. For oxidation, samples were heated in air for 1 h at T = 800°C. After oxidation, each sample was polished with colloidal silica to remove a thin oxide from its surface. Polished samples were coated with carbon to prevent charging in the SEM JEOL JSM-6380, and backscattered electron images (BEI) were taken to observe the dislocation microstructures in olivine (Karato 1987; Jung and Karato 2001b). The accelerating voltage was 15 kV, and the working distance was 10 mm.
Micro-Raman spectroscopy was used to identify inclusions inside olivine and pyroxene grains. Raman spectra were obtained using a confocal DXR Raman microscope housed at Tectonophysics laboratory in SEES in SNU. An Ar laser with a wavelength of 532 nm and a power of 10 mW was used. Each Raman spectrum was duplicated 32 times, so that the diffraction spectrum could easily be distinguished from noise.
The modal composition of each sample is listed in Table 1. The peridotites can be divided into two layers: pyroxene-rich and olivine-rich (Figures 2A,E,F). The pyroxene-rich layer consists of olivine (10% to 33%), opx (3% to 76%), cpx (13% to 61%), and minor amounts of spinel (Table 1, Figure 2D). This layer has a protogranular texture (Mercier and Nicolas 1975). The grain size of olivine and pyroxene was coarse (1 to 4 mm), and the grain shape was almost round. Undulose extinction was common in both opx and cpx but rare in olivine. An olivine-rich layer was found in samples 379 and 380, and in both samples, the layer was transected by mylonite zones. The olivine-rich layer consists primarily of olivine (>90%) (Figures 2E,F) and has a tabular equigranular texture (Mercier and Nicolas 1975). Minor amount of spinel is also present in olivine-rich layer (Table 1). The grain size was coarse (1 to 4 mm), and grains were elongated parallel to lineation. Grain boundaries clearly showed many triple junctions, and grains showing undulose extinction were rare.
LPO of minerals
LPO of olivine
The fabric strengths (M-index) of samples are listed in Table 1. The M-index of samples in the wall rock area ranged from 0.06 to 0.27. The M-index of samples in the mylonite zone was much lower than that in the wall rocks, meaning a weaker LPO in the mylonite. The M-index of the medium-grained area ranged from 0.04 to 0.06 and was approximately 0.04 for the small-grained area.
LPO of pyroxene
The LPO of cpx in wall rocks is plotted in Figure 4. Sample 374 and 380 show that the  axes of cpx are aligned subparallel to lineation, and the  axes are aligned normal to foliation. This feature is quite similar to the SL-type LPO of omphacite (Boundy et al. 1992; Zhang et al. 2006). Samples 373, 379, and 381 show that the  axes are aligned subparallel to lineation, and the  and  axes form a girdle normal to lineation. This fabric resembles the L-type LPO of omphacite (Zhang et al. 2006).
The LPO of opx in the wall rock is shown in Figure 4. Sample 372 shows that the  axes are aligned subnormal to foliation, the  axes of opx are aligned subparallel to lineation, and the  axes aligned subnormal to lineation in foliation. This corresponds to the BC-type LPO of opx (Jung et al. 2010). In sample 374, the  axes of opx are aligned subparallel to lineation, and both  and  axes are distributed in a girdle shape normal to lineation. These alignments define the ABC-type LPO of opx (Jung et al. 2010). Samples 373, 379, 380, and 381 did not have enough opx to properly determine the LPO.
Seismic anisotropy and elastic stiffness of specimen
Seismic anisotropy was calculated on the basis of the LPO data for olivine, opx, and cpx and using the mineral modal composition shown in Table 1. ANIS2k and VpG programs (Mainprice 1990) were used to calculate seismic wave velocity and seismic anisotropy. Elastic constants for single-crystal olivine (Abramson et al. 1997), opx (Ji and Wang 1999), and cpx (Collins and Brown 1997) were used.
Elastic stiffness, Cij (GPa) of olivine for representative samples (372, 373, and 374) at ambient condition
374 olivine (B-type)
372 olivine (E-type)
373 olivine (A + B-type)
Elastic stiffness, Cij (GPa) of orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene, and combined LPOs of olivine, orthopyroxene, and clinopyroxene
374 orthopyroxene (ABC-type)
374 clinopyroxene (L-type)
374 combined (ol + opx + cpx)
Water content of olivine
Water content in optically clean olivine was determined using a Nicolet 6700 FTIR spectrometer, and the results are listed in Table 1. Olivine grains in the wall rock without any optically visible inclusions showed IR absorption peaks at 3,534, 3,570, 3,589, and 3,596, which are related to the stretching vibrations of O-H bonds, and 3,640, 3,669, 3,675, and 3,688 cm-1, which are related to the nanoscale hydrous minerals like serpentine (Jung 2009) or Ti-clinohumite (Miller et al. 1987; Beran and Libowitzky 2006) (Figure 3A,B). The average water content of olivine in the wall rock calculated using the IR bands between 3,750 and 3,400 cm-1 was in the range 110 to 430 ± 50 ppm H/Si (Table 1). Except for the sample 379, the average water content of olivine is greater than 300 ppm H/Si, which corresponds to a medium water content (Jung et al. 2006). On the other hand, average water content of olivine in the wall rock calculated using the IR bands between 3,620 to 3,500 cm-1 was in the range 90 to 240 ± 50 ppm H/Si (Table 1), which reveals that about half of OH in olivine is preserved as nanoscale hydrous minerals. In addition, we measured water content of coexisting pyroxenes for the samples (373, 374). For the sample 373, water content of pyroxene was high 9,740 ± 100 ppm H/Si for cpx and 3,620 ± 100 ppm H/Si for opx. For the sample 374, water content of cpx was also high 9,980 ± 100 ppm H/Si and that of opx was much higher 5,260 ± 100 ppm H/Si than that of olivine.
The average water content of olivine in mylonite was larger than that of olivine grains in the wall rock. In sample 379, the average water content of olivine in the wall rock and mylonite was 110 ± 50 ppm H/Si and 600 ± 50 ppm H/Si, respectively. In sample 380, the average water content of olivine in the wall rock and in mylonite was 320 ± 50 ppm H/Si and 400 ± 50 ppm H/Si, respectively (Table 1).
Needle-shaped inclusions were observed in olivine in the wall rock area (samples 372 and 374) and in the mylonite zone (samples 379 and 380) (Figure 3C,D). FTIR analyses were conducted on olivine containing these inclusions to study their impact on the FTIR spectrum. These FTIR spectra for the olivine containing optically visible inclusions in transmitted light were not included for the water content calculation in Table 1. Olivine grains that contained the needle-shaped inclusion showed strong absorption bands in the range 3,400 to 3,750 cm-1 (Figure 3C,D). IR peaks were found at 3,692, 3,688, 3,667, 3,640, and 3,571 cm-1. The strong IR peaks at 3,688 and 3,692 cm-1 indicate the presence of serpentine (Miller et al. 1987; Post and Borer 2000; Khisina et al. 2001; Jung 2009).
Identification of the black inclusion and small minerals
For inclusions in olivine in the medium-grained area of the mylonite, Raman shifts were located at 1,022, 553, 486, 357, and 305 cm-1 (Figure 9B). These Raman peaks represent amosite (Rinaudo et al. 2004). Raman shifts at 685, 537, 377, and 224 cm-1 were also observed in the mylonite zone (Figure 9C) and are attributed to antigorite (Rinaudo et al. 2003).
LPO of olivine
In the large-grained area (wall rock), most samples (373, 379, 380, and 381) showed a combination of A- and B-type LPOs of olivine (Figure 4). In the earlier studies on the alpine-type peridotite, similar olivine fabrics have been reported from various localities (Prinzhofer et al. 1980; Wedel et al. 1992). These LPOs also resemble the AG-type (Mainprice 2007) or -fiber pattern (Tommasi et al. 1999). The mechanisms proposed for the formation of the AG-type are simultaneous activation of  and  slip systems (Mainprice et al. 2005; Tommasi et al. 2000), presence of the partial melt (Holtzman et al. 2003), transpression (Tommasi et al. 1999), and recrystallization (Falus et al. 2011). Within these mechanisms, simultaneous activation of  and  slip direction induced by the presence of water can be the possible mechanism for producing the AG-type LPO in the peridotite samples from the Lindås Nappe complex.
Two major factors are required for changing the slip direction of olivine from  to  - namely, water (Jung and Karato 2001a; Jung et al. 2006) and pressure (Mainprice et al. 2005; Jung et al. 2009; Ohuchi et al. 2011). Of these two factors, pressure is not applicable in this study. Jung et al. (2009) reported that the LPO of olivine changes from A- to B-type at pressures in excess of 3 GPa. This pressure corresponds to a depth of approximately 90 km. Ohuchi et al. (2011) also reported that the B-type LPO of olivine was formed at even higher pressures, about 7 GPa at T = 1,220°C and 1,400°C. However, for the anorthosite bodies in the Lindås Nappe complex surrounding the samples, the Grenvillian orogeny occurred at a pressure of 1 GPa and the Caledonian orogeny occurred at 1.5 to 2.1 GPa (Austrheim and Griffin 1985; Glodny et al. 2008; Jamtveit et al. 1990). In both cases, the pressure was less than 3 GPa, and hence, pressure alone could not have changed the easiest slip direction of olivine in the study area.
The presence of large amount of pyroxene in the sample might also contribute to change olivine fabric, producing B-type LPO. Sundberg and Cooper (2008) reported that B-type LPO of olivine was produced in diffusion creep when sample contained a large amount of opx (50%). Sample 374 which showed a nice B-type LPO has high pyroxene content, opx (33%) and cpx (45%). But, olivine in the sample 374 has many dislocations indicating that the sample was deformed by dislocation creep. For the small-grained area in our sample 379, opx content was low only 3%, but cpx content was high 33%, producing B-type LPO of olivine. This result indicates that a large amount of cpx (≥33%) may also influence olivine fabric.
In the case of E-type LPO of olivine (sample 372), the maximum of  axes showed an obliquity, slightly tilted from the lineation (Figure 4), suggesting a dextral sense of shear according to the previous experimental studies (Katayama et al. 2004; Jung et al. 2006) Indeed, outcrop in the field showed the dextral sense of shear (Additional file 2: Figure S2). Similar obliquity of  axes of natural olivine with E-type LPO was reported from the Josephine peridotite (Skemer et al. 2010).
The LPO of olivine grains in mylonite was clearly different from that of the large-grained area (wall rock). The differences in the LPO of olivine between the wall rock and mylonite zone can be attributed to the deformation of olivine under a water-rich condition in mylonite. This idea is supported by the FTIR data that show that olivine grains in the medium-grained area in the mylonite zone contain much more water than olivine grains in the large-grained area in the wall rock (Table 1, Figure 10A). Moreover, many hydrous minerals such as antigorite and amosite were observed inside olivine grains in the medium-grained area (Figure 9). These observations of fabric change induced by water, in the Hundskjeften peridotite, are consistent with previous experimental studies on the deformation of olivine at high pressures and temperatures in the presence of water (Jung and Karato 2001a; Katayama et al. 2004; Jung et al. 2006). Previous studies on surrounding granulite bodies in Bergen Arc report that fluids, which infiltrated through the pseudotachylyte, promoted eclogitization during the Caledonian orogeny (Austrheim 1987, 1990; Austrheim and Boundy 1994; Austrheim et al. 1997). It is also important to consider the possibility that the development of mylonite foliation was associated with reactions that convert spinel lherzolite to garnet lherzolite. The effect of metamorphic reactions on the development of LPOs is unknown and needs further study.
For the medium-grained area of sample 379,  axes are aligned subnormal to foliation and the  axes are aligned subparallel to lineation (Figure 4a). This is a rare olivine fabric as it requires a  Burgers vector. Because axial distance of olivine  axis is 10.21 Å, the  Burgers vector is difficult to be activated. But, the evidence of the  Burgers vector have been reported from the natural and experimental specimen (Phakey et al. 1971; Fujino et al. 1993). Further studies of the natural peridotite and high-pressure experiment will be needed to understand the origin of the olivine fabric with (100)  slip system.
It is worth to mention that there is a limitation of the direct application of experimental results to interpret fabrics in natural rocks. High-pressure experiments are often performed in a limited set of experimental conditions such as pressure, temperature, water content, stress, strain, and strain rate. Since some of the experimental parameters such as stress, strain, and grain-size are often different from those of natural samples, one needs to be cautious to directly apply experimental results to the natural specimens. To better understand olivine fabrics in nature, further experimental studies at a wide range of P-T condition with varied experimental parameters are needed.
The fabric strength (M-index) of olivine in the large-grained area (wall rock) is in the range of 0.06 to 0.27 (Table 1, Figure 10B). It is relatively high compared to previous experimental studies (Jung et al. 2006). In some samples (373 and 380), the M-index was lower than 0.1. This low M-index may have resulted from the combination of two different types of LPOs of olivine. As seen in Figure 8, the dislocation density of olivine in the large-grained area is also very high. The strong LPO and high dislocation density of olivine in the wall rock indicate that the dominant deformation mechanism of olivine was dislocation creep.
The mylonite zone shows fabric strength and dislocation microstructures that are different from those of the large-grained area. The M-index tends to be much lower as grain size decreases in the mylonite (Table 1, Figure 10B). In sample 379, the M-index values of the large- (wall rock), medium-, and small-grained areas are 0.1, 0.06, and 0.04, respectively. In sample 380, the M-index values of the large-, medium-, and small-grained areas are 0.06, 0.04, and 0.04, respectively. It is also found that the dislocation density in the mylonite zone is much lower than that of the large-grained area (Figure 8G,H), and there are four-grain junctions preserved in the small-grained area (Figure 8H). A weak LPO and lower dislocation density of olivine and the presence of four-grain junctions in the small-grained area are clear evidence that grain-boundary sliding influenced the deformation of olivine (Hirth and Kohlstedt 1995). A similar change in the deformation mechanism in the mylonite zone has been reported by Drury et al. (1991), Jin et al. (1998), Ueda et al. (2008), Linckens et al. (2011), and Drury et al. (2011).
The mechanism of shear localization
The mylonite in the Hundskjeften peridotite is a great example of shear localization in the lower crust or mantle condition. In the previous studies, grain size reduction is recognized as one of the most important mechanisms of shear localization in ductile regime (White et al. 1980; Precigout et al. 2007; Raimbourg et al. 2008; Platt and Behr 2011). In case of the Hundskjeften peridotite, there are four possible mechanisms of grain size reduction. One possible explanation is that mylonite forms by grain size reduction through enhanced dynamic recrystallization of olivine in the presence of water. Previous experimental study (Jung and Karato 2001b) showed that water enhances dynamic recrystallization of olivine. Numerous hydrous minerals were found inside mylonite (Figure 3C,D). We also observed B- and E-type LPO of olivine in the mylonite (Figure 5) which can be formed under water-rich conditions (Jung and Karato 2001a; Katayama et al. 2004). These data suggest that enhanced dynamic recrystallization of olivine in the presence of water contributed to the shear localization for the Hundskjeften peridotite. The shear localization enhanced by the water have been reported from several other localities like Fizh massif (Oman) or Josephine Peridotite (SW Oregon, USA) (Michibayashi and Oohara 2013; Skemer et al. 2013).
The other possibility is that the presence of a secondary phase can accelerate shear localization. Previous studies showed that the secondary phase like pyroxenes can cause Zener pinning and slows down the kinetics of grain growth, resulting in the weakening of material and strain localization in the mylonite (Linckens et al. 2011; Farla et al. 2013). The small-grained area in the Hundskjeften peridotite does not contain much opx (less than 5%) but it has high cpx content (33% and 45%), which might have contributed to reduce grain growth in the mylonite by Zener pinning of cpx, which is believed to result in the shear localization in the peridotite.
The third possible explanation is that the mylonite was originated from the pseudotachylyte veins. In the surrounding anorthositic rock body, there are many pseudotachylyte veins (Austrheim and Boundy 1994; Austrheim et al. 1996) and the mylonite zones can be followed into these pseudotachylyte veins. Also, structure of the mylonite is quite similar to that of the pseudotachylyte: sharp boundary and porphyroclast poor matrix. Exact timing of the pseudotachylyte generation is not clear, but during the Caledonian orogenic event, preexisting pseudotachylyte is reactivated. Increased pressure and temperature during the orogenic event and free fluid channeled through the pseudotachylyte vein-enhanced grain growth, and the mylonite may have evolved from a crystallized frictional melt or ultra-comminuted material (Spray 1995) as described by Ueda et al. (2008). These newly formed small grains act as a weak layer, accelerating shear localization.
The fourth possibility for the localization of shear is due to a shear-induced thermal runaway associated with grain size sensitive creep (Kelemen and Hirth 2007). Strain rate-dependent shear heating and temperature-dependent strain rate accelerate each other as a positive feedback, resulting in rapidly increasing strain rate ending up with shear-heating instability. Kelemen and Hirth (2007) reported that shear can be localized in the pre-existing fine-grained shear zone through the shear-heating instability associated with grain size-sensitive creep.
Two-stage deformations and their implications for seismic anisotropy
The Hundskjeften peridotites are believed to have been deformed in two stages: spinel lherzolites in wall rocks were deformed during the Grenvillian orogeny and garnet lherzolites in the mylonite zone were deformed later during the Caledonian orogeny. Spinel grains were found in the wall rock area (Figure 2D), while garnet grains were found in the mylonite zone (Figure 2H). This observation suggests that the mylonite part of the samples was deformed in the garnet lherzolite stability field. The phase transition between spinel lherzolite and garnet lherzolite occurs between 1.6 GPa at 800°C and 1.9 GPa at 1,100°C (O’Neill 1981). Pressure was determined to be lower than 1.0 GPa during the Grenvillian orogeny (Austrheim and Griffin 1985) and to range 1.5 to 2.1 GPa during the Caledonian orogeny (Glodny et al. 2008; Jamtveit et al. 1990).Based on the field observation, metamorphic phases, and LPO of olivine, deformation and metamorphic process during the Caledonian orogeny seems to be highly localized in the mylonite and has almost no effect on the wall rock. The boundary between the wall rock and the mylonite is very sharp (Figure 2E,F), and damage zone is limited. The LPO of olivine in wall rock is also well correlated to the foliation of wall rock (Figure 7), suggesting that the LPO of olivine in wall rock was not much affected by the later Caledonian deformation.
We found that as the percentage of mylonite (second-stage deformation) increases, both the P-wave and S-wave velocity anisotropy become significantly weaker. This weakening of seismic anisotropy was caused by low fabric strength (M-index) in the mylonite (Figure 5, Table 1) under a water-rich condition. The polarization direction of the fast S-wave did not change much with increasing mylonite proportion (increasing the second-stage deformation).
Hundskjeften peridotite samples from the Lindås Nappe complex are preserving two fluid-induced fabrics which resulted from two different orogenic events: Grenvillian wall rock fabric (ca. 1,000 Ma) and Caledonian mylonite fabric (ca. 400 Ma). Compared to the material in the wall rock area, the mylonite has very fine grains and contains many hydrous inclusions (Figures 3D and 9B). Three types of LPOs of olivine are observed in a large-grained area (wall rock): B-type LPO of olivine, E-type LPO of olivine, and A-type + B-type LPO of olivine. In the mylonite zone, there is a change in the LPO of olivine from the wall rock to mylonite; it changes from a combination of A- and B-type LPOs to B- and E-type LPOs of olivine. FTIR analysis of olivine in the large-grained area (wall rock) reveals that the olivine grains have water contents of about 350 ± 50 ppm H/Si, which correspond to medium water contents (Jung et al. 2006). Hence, the LPO of olivine in the large-grained area is believed to have originated under conditions of medium water content. The water content of olivine in the mylonite zone is much higher than that of olivine in the wall rock (Table 1). In addition, amosite inclusions and antigorites are found in the mylonite zone. These observations indicate that differences between olivine fabrics of the wall rock and mylonite resulted from differences in water content. Observations of water-induced fabric change in Hundskjeften peridotite are consistent with previous experimental studies of olivine fabrics under water-rich conditions (Jung et al. 2006).Differences in fabric strength and dislocation density of olivine in the wall rock and mylonite suggest that different deformation mechanisms were involved during the two-stage deformation. A strong LPO and high dislocation density of olivine in the wall rock indicate that the dominant deformation mechanism of olivine was dislocation creep. On the other hand, a weak LPO of olivine, a lower dislocation density of olivine, and four-grain junctions in the mylonite zone are clear evidence of deformation by dislocation creep accompanied by grain-boundary sliding. Calculating seismic properties in the context of a two-stage deformations, we found that as the percentage of mylonite (second-stage deformation) increases, the P- and S-wave velocity anisotropies become significantly weaker (Figure 11). This study suggests that multi-stage deformations should be examined to better understand seismic anisotropy in the upper mantle and crust.
Mylonite in the peridotite appears to be formed by shear localization in the presence of fluid. Based on our observations of dominant ol + cpx and existence of hydrous minerals in the mylonite, we propose that shear can be localized by (1) the reduction of grain size through enhanced dynamic recrystallization of olivine in the presence of water and (2) the reduction of grain growth by Zener pinning of cpx. Shear localization can be also originated from the pseudotachylyte vein.
This work was supported by the Mid-career Research Program through an NRF grant to HJ funded by MEST (No. 3345-20100013 and 3345-20130011) in Korea. SJ was partly supported by the Lotte Foundation. HA was supported by a Center of Excellence grant from the Norwegian research Council to PGP. We thank J. Rhie, Y. Kil, H. W. Green, S. Karato, C. Szabó for valuable comments, and M. Park, J. Lee, Y. Cao, and B. Ko for their help and discussions, and Mats G. Lund for kindly making unpublished data available to us.
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