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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 26: Timing and Mechanism of low grade deformation along the Rockfish Valley Deformation Zone in the Central Blue Ridge, VA

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The Rockfish Valley Deformation Zone in Central Virginia is a 1-10 km wide zone of mylonitic rocks separating two differently hydrated massifs. Significant disagreement exists around the timing, extent, and significance of low-grade deformation in the Rockfish Valley Deformation Zone, and the proposed timing of deformation in this zone ranges from pre-750 Ma to approximately 350 Ma. Based on petrologic evidence, I propose that the variation between the similar but distinct basement units to the east and west of the deformation zone may be explained by fluid-assisted retrogression of the seaward unit during collision. Further, syn-kinematic titanite grains identified in mylonites and protomylonites of the shear zone which have incorporated Uranium into their chemical structures suggest an age of 396±230 Ma, the timing of low grade deformation.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library