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.
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|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Experiments on schistosity and slaty cleavage|
|Publisher||U.S. Government Printing Office|
|Publisher location||Washington, D.C.|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|