George Davis | Joint Spacing and Distribution in Deformation Band Shear Zones

Tectonic joints localized within deformation band shear zones on the Kaibab uplift in Utah, USA, show the same spacing and distribution characteristics as joints controlled by primary lithological mechanical stratigraphy, despite the fact that deformation band shear zones are secondary structural features oblique to primary sedimentary layers.  The spacing and distribution of joints that traverse deformation band shear zones are important factors in the permeability and connectivity of sandstone reservoirs compartmentalized by deformation band shear zones.

[Tindall, S.E., and Davis, G.H., 2003, Joint Spacing and distribution in deformation band
 shear zones: Geological Magazine, v. 140, no. 1, p. 1-9.]