Carbonaceous materials in the fault zone of the longmenshan fault belt: 1. Signatures within the deep wenchuan earthquake fault zone and their implications

Li Wei Kuo, Jyh Rou Huang, Jiann Neng Fang, Jialiang Si, Haibing Li, Sheng Rong Song

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Abstract

Graphitization of carbonaceous materials (CM) has been experimentally demonstrated as potential evidence of seismic slip within a fault gouge. The southern segment of the Longmenshan fault, a CM-rich-gouge fault, accommodated coseismic slip during the 2008 Mw 7.9 Wenchuan earthquake and potentially preserves a record of processes that occurred on the fault during the slip event. Here, we present a multi-technique characterization of CM within the active fault zone of the Longmenshan fault from the Wenchuan earthquake Fault Scientific Drilling-1. By contrast with field observations, graphite is pervasively and only distributed in the gouge zone, while heterogeneously crystallized CM are present in the surrounding breccia. The composite dataset that is presented, which includes the localized graphite layer along the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake principal slip zone, demonstrates that graphite is widely distributed within the active fault zone. The widespread occurrence of graphite, a seismic slip indicator, reveals that surface rupturing events commonly occur along the Longmenshan fault and are characteristic of this tectonically active region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number385
JournalMinerals
Volume8
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Graphite
  • Graphitization
  • Longmenshan fault
  • WFSD-1
  • Wenchuan earthquake

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