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Vein spacing in extending, layered rock: The effect of synkinematic cementation

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Cemented fractures (veins) commonly show mm-scale spacing, even in layerbound arrangements in beds of cm- to dm-scale thickness. The relief of tension around such layerbound fractures should preclude nearby fracture propagation and result in cm- to dm-scale fracture spacing. We hypothesize that cement precipitated during vein opening could re-establish tension across veins and lessen the effects of relieved tension, thus decreasing fracture spacing. We test this hypothesis using a computer-ba...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.2475/06.2015.03

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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Earth Sciences
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American Journal of Science Publisher's website
Journal:
American Journal of Science Journal website
Volume:
315
Issue:
6
Pages:
557-588
Publication date:
2015-01-01
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EISSN:
1945-452X
ISSN:
0002-9599
URN:
uuid:ec8b165d-5c1d-4a94-8433-1988b0bee7c0
Source identifiers:
573495
Local pid:
pubs:573495

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