Eclogite Analysis: Thin Section and Geochemistry Sample Preparation

After many weeks of sawing, cutting, slicing, cleaning, careful labeling, and extremely careful packaging, twenty thin section blocks have been made from my rock samples and shipped off to be transformed into microscope slides. The majority of them came from rock samples taken from Shear Zone 2, at my Nusfjord site, while the minority of…
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Methods: Processing Eclogite Samples and Structural Calculations

I have just returned from the Lofoten Islands, in northern Norway, and I could not be more excited about the rock samples and measurements I was able to collect for my thesis research. One of my advisers, Professor Chuck Bailey, and I braved the arctic snow, hail, wind, and rain in order to go on…
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Background: The Geologic History of the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Since I will be traveling to the Lofoten Islands, northern Norway this month, (from May 19 – June 1), it is important that the geologic history of the islands is well-understood. Not only will this put what we find today into its geologic context, but it will also help me understand the types of kinematic…
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Abstract: Eclogitization and Shear Zone Kinematics in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Although a plethora of studies have been done regarding shear zones and eclogites, the true characteristics of the eclogite-facies shear zones in the Lofoten Islands, northern Norway remain enigmatic. Eclogites, high-pressure and high-temperature metamorphic rocks, can form up to 50 km beneath the Earth’s surface, and are found to be one of the only rock…
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