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  • O. Oncken
  • H. J. Franzke
  • U. Dittmar
  • Th. Klügel
Part of the IGCP-Project 233 book series (IGCP 233)

Abstract

The Northern Phyllite Zone — named by Scholtz (1930) — marks the boundary between the Saxothuringian Zone in the southeast and the Rhenohercynian Zone in the northwest. This position, taken by several authors to represent the site of a former suture between the two Variscan zones (see Weber and Behr 1983; Matte 1986; Weber 1986; Ziegler 1986; Franke 1989; Franke and Oncken 1990), has attracted considerable attention in recent years. Towards the north, the Phyllite Zone is confined by the equally narrow Taunuskamm-Soonwald Unit in the Rhenish Massif, and by the Harzgeröde unit in the Harz mountains (see Fig. 1). Both units form thrust bodies evolving from the sedimentary prism of the Rhenohercynian shelf proper (Schwab 1979; Oncken 1988b), partly having the internal geometry of an elongate horst system at the southern shelf margin (Taunuskamm-Soonwald Unit). Towards the south, the Phyllite Zone is confined by the Taunus-Hunsrück borderzone fault. This fault — partly buried beneath Permian and Tertiary sediments — forms a steeply dipping fault system crossing in part the entire crust with an apparently complex movement history (Ahorner and Murawski 1975; Anderle 1987; Oncken 1988a; DEKORP Research Group 1991).

Keywords

Shear Zone Lower Devonian Variscan Belt Rhenish Massif Crenulation Cleavage 
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  • O. Oncken
  • H. J. Franzke
  • U. Dittmar
  • Th. Klügel

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