Multiphase boudinage: a case study of amphibolites in marble in the Naxos migmatite core
In multiply deformed terrains multiphase boudinage is common, but identification and analysis of these is difficult. Here we present an analysis of multiphase boudinage and fold structures in deformed amphibolite layers in marble from the migmatitic centre of the Naxos metamorphic core complex. Overprinting between multiple boudinage generations is shown in exceptional 3-D outcrop. We identify five generations of boudinage, reflecting the transition from high-strain high-temperature ductile deformation to medium- to low-strain brittle boudins formed during cooling and exhumation. All boudin generations indicate E–W horizontal shortening and variable direction of bedding parallel extension, evolving from subvertical extension in the earliest boudins to subhorizontal N–S extension during exhumation. Two phases of E–W shortening can be inferred, the first associated with lower crustal synmigmatic convergent flow and the second associated with exhumation and N–S extension, possibly related to movement of the North Anatolian Fault.