Deciphering L- Tectonites from Lingtse Orthogneiss in Sikkim Himalayan Fold Thrust Belt

Damania, Sagar (2014) Deciphering L- Tectonites from Lingtse Orthogneiss in Sikkim Himalayan Fold Thrust Belt. Masters thesis, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata.

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Paleoproterozoic felsic orthogneiss are an integral component of the Himalayan fold-thrust belt (FTB). Their contact with the lower Lesser Himalayan sequence (LHS) varies from gradational to thrust to intrusive as well as extrusive along different parts of the mountain belt. In the Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya, the equivalent Lingtse orthogneiss consistently shows a thrust contact with the underlying lower LHS. Here, structurally higher MCT1 places granulite facies Kanchenjunga-Darjeeling gneiss over amphibolite facies Paro - Lingtse gneiss of the MCT2 sheet; MCT2 has the lower LHS in its footwall. The MCT sheets are folded by underlying Lesser Himalayan duplex (LHD) that has two structural components. Mylonitized Lingtse orthogneiss forms the MCT2 fault zone along parts of Sikkim Himalaya. These are also repeated as narrow, linear, N-S trending imbricates within the MCT2 sheet with a greater frequency in eastern Sikkim than in west. The absence of Lower LHD in eastern Sikkim, together with higher imbricates of Lingtse gneiss suggest lateral variation in partitioning of total shortening, and the importance of Lingtse imbricates in structural evolution of Sikkim Himalayan FTB. We report L-tectonites from a linear, discontinuous klippe of Lingtse mylonite lying ~2 km west of the main MCT2 trace in eastern Sikkim. The klippe extends ~20 km in N-S, and ~3 km in E-W; the footwall rocks are lower LHS. The linear component increases towards the hinge zone and rocks near the hinge have strongest L fabric. The surrounding lower LHS phyllites are S>>L tectonites. Stretched biotite grains, feldspar porphyroclasts, dynamically recrystallized quartz develop a pervasive, shape-preferred alignment in lineation parallel sections; this fabric is absent in lineation perpendicular sections. Dislocation creep in quartz, and microfracturing and dislocation glide in feldspar are the dominant deformation mechanisms in this zone. Preliminary results suggest rheologically driven strain path partitioning may have localized the L-tectonites in the homogeneous Lingtse orthogneiss.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Supervisor: Dr. Kathakali Bhattacharyya
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fold Thrust Belt; Himalayan Fold Thrust Belt; L- Tectonites; Lingtse Orthogneiss;Microstructure; Sikkim Himalayan Fold Thrust Belt
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions: Department of Earth Sciences
Depositing User: IISER Kolkata Librarian
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2015 07:58
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2015 07:58

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