Mylonites Derived From Parent Rocks Other Than Granites and Gneisses

  • Rudolph A. J. TrouwEmail author
  • Cees W. Passchier
  • Dirk J. Wiersma


Most mylonites shown in this atlas are derived from granites and gneisses. This is not a coincidence; the mineralogy of these rocks favours the formation of mylonites because of the contrasting behaviour of quartz and biotite on the one hand (forming matrix) and feldspar and muscovite on the other hand (forming porphyroclasts). Another group of rocks that readily forms mylonites are impure quartzites in which resistant minerals tend to form fish-like structures, again, by strong contrast in rheological behaviour.


Shear Zone Shear Band Parent Rock Shear Sense Mylonitic Foliation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolph A. J. Trouw
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cees W. Passchier
    • 2
  • Dirk J. Wiersma
    • 3
  1. 1.Depto. Geologia Ilha do FundaoUniversidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro-RJBrazil
  2. 2.Institut für GeowissenschaftenUniversität MainzMainzGermany
  3. 3.UtrechtThe Netherlands

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