A re-interpretation of the internal structure of the Lizard complex ophiolite, south Cornwall.
Proceedings of the Ussher Society
Previous models for the tectonic-stratigraphy of the Lizard complex ophiolite have proposed three thrust-bounded units. However, our studies indicate that post-obduction extensional faulting may have exerted a hitherto unrecognised effect on the present distribution of lithologies. Field and previously published geophysical evidence suggest that the uppermost tectonic unit (the Crousa Downs Unit) represents the downfaulted upper levels of the Goonhilly Downs Unit. Deformed lithologies previously thought to be part of the Goonhilly Downs Unit are reassigned to the underlying Basal Unit. A revised model for the tectonic-stratigraphy is presented. The Basal Nappe is underlain by the Basal Thrust and comprises the Traboe schists, the Landewednack schists and the Old Lizard Head Series. The Goonhilly Downs Nappe, underlain by the Goonhilly Downs Thrust, structurally overlies the Basal Nappe and comprises serpentinised peridotite, Trelan and Crousa Gabbro and the Porthoustock Sheeted Dyke Complex. This work highlights the importance of late- to post-Variscan extensional deformation in south Cornwall.
Vol. 9, pp. 63 - 67
Place of publication
DRAKE CIRCUS, ENGLAND