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Deformation Localization in Rocks: New Advances

Cadaqués & Cap de Creus Peninsula, Catalonia, Spain
27 June–2 July 2011


Elena Druguet
Depto. de Geologia, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain;
Jordi Carreras
Depto. de Geologia, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain;
G. Ian Alsop
Dept. of Geology & Petroleum Geology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, UK;
Paul D. Bons
Institut für Geowissenschaften, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany;
Dyanna M. Czeck
Dept. of Geosciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;
Peter J. Hudleston
Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA;
Christine S. Siddoway
Geology Dept., Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA;
Cadaqués & Cap de Creus Peninsula, Catalonia, Spain Description and Objectives

The subject of this conference is the localization of deformation in rocks, with special emphasis on shear zones as physical expressions of strain localization in orogens at the level of the middle and lower lithosphere. In the past two decades, there have been important advances in laboratory and numerical modeling studies of the way that deformation localizes in Earth's crust. These are accompanied by advances in imaging of lithospheric structure, including the distribution of fluids and melts, using seismological techniques that provide access to the depths of active tectonic zones. Innovative new techniques in thermochronology aid our understanding of the temporal evolution of the crustal scale zones of strain localization. An aim of the conference is to juxtapose the results of new theoretical, analytical, and laboratory research with the natural world relationships observed in the exemplary field setting of Cap de Creus, northeastern Spain. The conference will offer the opportunity for researchers who employ different approaches (e.g., theory, experimentation, seismological, petrological, and field methods) to integrate results, address controversies, and identify new opportunities for interdisciplinary research to advance our understanding of localization of deformation in shear zones at multiple scales.

Catalonia, SpainThis six-day conference will include alternating field trips and presentations (invited and contributed lectures and poster sessions). The charming village of Cadaqués has been chosen as the conference location because it allows ready access to shear zones and other strain localization structures in what is recognized as one of the best natural laboratories in the world: the Cap de Creus peninsula.

Over a comparatively small area on the peninsula, there is access to structures that will allow the Penrose participants to observe and discuss the geometry, kinematics, and mechanics of shear zones; triggers and mechanisms for folding and boudinage and development of kink bands, shear bands, and brittle fractures; the influence of rigid versus deformable objects in shear zone localization; and the role and interaction of fluids, melts, and metamorphism. Another aim of the meeting is to bring about greater integration of the results of contemporary physical and numerical investigations with the field observations of strain localization in orogens.

Now is an opportune time to place the heightened understanding from theoretical and quantitative approaches into juxtaposition with direct field observations that offer “ground truth” for interpretation of the combination of factors that lead to localization of deformation within shear zones. The principal proposed topics for presentation of laboratory, theoretical, and field studies are

Preliminary List of Key Speakers

John Cosgrove (Imperial College London), Laurel B. Goodwin (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Scott E. Johnson (University of Maine), Neil Mancktelow (ETH Zürich), and Cees W. Passchier (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz).

Preliminary Outline of Sessions and Field Trips
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Day 1:
Field trip:
“Simple” and complex shear zones: Roses and Culip.

Day 2:
Session 1:
Shear zones: geometry and kinematics—includes micro- to macro-scale analyses.
Session 2: Shear zones: initiation and development—includes micro- to macro-scale analyses.

Day 3:
Field trip: Classical shear zone itinerary: Serena-Prona-Punta dels Farallons.

Day 4:
Session 3: Strain localization with regard to fluids, magmas/melt, and metamorphism.
Session 4: Structures related to strain localization—rigid and deformable objects (e.g. porphyroclasts, conglomerates), folds, boudinage, shear bands, brittle fractures, etc.

Day 5:
Field trip: Strain localization due to strong competence contrast (Tudela) and localization at high temperature and magma intrusion (Cap de Creus Lighthouse).

Day 6:
Session 5: Physical and numerical experiments of strain localization.
Session 6: Strain localization in orogens—space (regional) thermal and time constraints/evolution.

Attendees & Estimated Cost

The registration fee of US$950 per person will cover hotel lodging (double occupancy), all meals for six days, all handouts and digital materials, and transportation from Cadaqués to the field areas. Airfare is not included. There may be funds available to graduate students and early career researchers to subsidize their participation in the conference. If you would like to be considered for these funds, please indicate so on your application. Participants must make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Cadaqués, Girona, Spain, the evening of 26 June.

Information is also available at

Applications & Registration

Applications are now closed.

Once the conveners have reviewed the applications and selected the participants you will receive registration information. Participants will have to commit to attending the full six days.

Once you have been accepted for the conference you may submit an abstract to the conveners at . Please use this Abstract template (Word format) and send to conveners as an email attachment.

Registration and Abstract submission deadline is 28 April 2011