Curving cross joints and the lithospheric stress field in eastern North America

James Terry Engelder, M. R. Gross

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Cross joints are late-formed nonsystematic fractures that extend across intervals between systematic joints. Traces of such cross joints are seen on bedding-plane surfaces of Devonian Catskill clastic sedimentary rocks of the Appalachian Plateau of western New York State. Between pairs of closely spaced systematic joints, traces of cross joints are commonly planar and orthogonal to the preexisting joints. However, in the mid-region between some widely spaced systematic joints in western New York, cross joints strike parallel to the S H of the present lithospheric stress field, but then curve to abut the the preexisting joints at right angles. A curving trace reflects a local perturbation of the regional stress field in the vicinity of preexisting joints. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)817-820
Number of pages4
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology


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