Experiments on schistosity and slaty cleavage

Bulletin 241



Schistosity as a structure is important, and it is a part of the business of geologists to explain its origin. Slaty cleavage has further and greater importance as a possible tectonic feature. Scarcely a great mountain range exists, or has existed, along the course of which belts of slaty rock are not found, the dip of the cleavage usually approaching verticality. Are these slate belts equivalent to minutely distributed step faults of great total throw, or do they indicate compression perpendicular to the cleavage without attendant relative dislocation? Evidently the answer to this question is of first importance in the interpretation of orogenic phenomena.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Experiments on schistosity and slaty cleavage
Series title Bulletin
Series number 241
DOI 10.3133/b241
Year Published 1904
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 34 p.
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