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Detection and correlation of tephra-derived smectite-rich shear zones by analyzing glass melt inclusions in mineral grains

Ishii, Eiichi  ; Furusawa, Akira*

We present detailed mineralogical and geochemical analyses of clay-rich shear zones that are associated with bedding-parallel or bedding-oblique faults in drill cores of a siliceous mudstone from the Horonobe area, northern Hokkaido, Japan. The bedding-parallel shear zones are rich in smectite and some shear zones are characterized by melt inclusions hosted by plagioclase and quartz. The chemical compositions of melt inclusions in six shear zones are very similar, but distinct from those of melt inclusions in other shear zones. These six shear zones consistently occur in horizons $$sim$$350 m shallower than a known tephra layer. These mineralogical characteristics and stratigraphic positions suggest that the six shear zones occur within the same tephra layer and that the smectite formed as a result of burial diagenesis of volcanic glass. Tephra-derived smectite-rich shear zones can be detected and correlated by analyzing melt inclusions preserved in mineral grains.

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