Coseismic fluid–rock interactions in the Beichuan-Yingxiu surface rupture zone of the Mw 7.9 Wenchuan earthquake and its implication for the fault zone transformation [post]

Yangyang Wang, Xiaoqi Gao, Sijia Li, Shiyuan Wang, Deyang Shi, Weibing Shen
2020 unpublished
Abstract. Mechanism of fluids in modifying mineralogy and geochemistry of the fault zone and the role of rock-fluid interaction in the faulting weakening is still debatable. Through analyzing mineralogical compositions, major elements as well as micro-structural characteristics of outcrop samples including wall rocks, low damage zone, high damage zone and oriented fault gouge samples from principal slip zone gouges, mineralogical and geochemical variations of the fault-rocks is observed from
more » ... is observed from Shaba outcrop of Beichuan-Yingxiu surface rupture zone of the Mw 7.9 Wenchuan earthquake, China. The element enrichment/depletion pattern of fault rock shows excellent consistency with the variation pattern of minerals in terms of the notable feldspar alteration and decomposition, decarbonization, coseismic illitization, and chloritization that occurs in the fault zone. The Isocon analysis indicates that the overall mass loss amount of the Shaba fault zone is ranked as low damage zone
doi:10.5194/se-2020-117 fatcat:7mqzrdoqifblplbhrjmjlcwwky