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    A structural analysis of Wanna, South Australia: the comparative behaviour of Mafic dykes and granite during deformation
    Bales, Thomasin ( 1996)
    Strain localisation that produces varying foliation development, folding, and patterns of boudinage has led to structural features within, and between, the two main lithologies at Wanna, South Australia at amphibolite facies, these lithologies being the megacrystic granite gneiss of the Donington Granitoid Suite, and the Tournefort dykes which cross-cut the gneiss. The structural elements differ between, and within each lithology-for example, the megacrystic granite gneiss has a reasonably pervasive foliation, whereas deformation features in the Tournefort dykes tend to be localised into areas of high strain. Cross-cutting relationships are used to constrain the temporal relationships between structural elements, and the development of the different structural features explained in terms of rheological behaviour of the lithologies. The relative rheological behaviour of the principal lithologies was thus found to vary over space, as well as over time. Geothermometry of mafic assemblages was used to constrain the temperatures at which different structural features developed, which were all found to be in the order of about 720°C and occurring under fluid-rich, upper amphibolite conditions.