Magnetic fabrics of Paleozoic rocks across the Lachlan Transverse Zone from eastern New South Wales
AbstractThe anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) was systematically measured for samples collected across the Lachlan Transverse Zone in the Eastern Subprovince of the Lachlan Orogen, New South Wales. Although the degree of anisotropy is usually moderate to low, it can be shown that the origin of the magnetic fabric is generally composite. Many localities are witness to a tectonic influence in addition to a magnetic foliation preserved from the time of rock formation (compaction). Furthermore, some localities indicate the presence of superimposed magnetic fabrics, potentially associated with a Silurian east-west direction of shortening, and a younger north-south (?) direction of shortening. Finally, the progressive southwards change in orientation of the magnetic lineation in the Molong area from north-south to east-west and then back to north-south again south of the Lyndhurst-Neville Fault suggests that the Lachlan Transverse Zone coincides with, and reflects, a major cross-structure in the Eastern Subprovince. AMS is thus a powerful tool to help map the fabric of Paleozoic rocks in the Tasmanides. Additional data will be required to help obtain a comprehensive picture of the tectonic history of the region.