TECTONIC RELEVANCE OF LATEST D3 PHASE STRONG SHORTENING IN FOOTWALL ROCKS SE OF THE NEOPROTEROZOIC BRASÍLIA DOME, CENTRAL BRAZIL
The evidences of napes transport (D2 event) remain regionally constant to ESE across the belt, regardless of the ~10-20 km-wide Pirineus Lineament, a zone of high strain which occupies the oroclinal axial surface and stretches ~300 Km WNW since a point close to the dome´s western margin. D1-D3N deformation in the BD records WNW-ESE direction of ductile flow and is also typical of the belt´s northern segment. However, the core and mantle D1-D3N tectonites in the dome´s SW corner and beyond underwent latest SW-NE regional shortening (D3S) typical of the belt´s southern segment in which D3Nshortening is absent.
The data imply: (1) - the BD is a litho-structurally continuous D1-D3N bridge across the interface between the belt’s northern and southern segments; and (2) - both the oroclinal and the Pirineus lineament are consequence of D3N + D3Scrossed shortenings which co-existence began only after the dome´s uplift.
A recent structural analysis in the area SE of the dome has revealed that rocks typical of the RPT´s footwall also underwent D1-D3N+D3S deformation, but shortening D3S is far more intense than elsewhere in the southern segment. The data strongly indicate the RPT as a D3N+D3S fault and reinforce the importance of underthrusting (D3 event) in the construction of the Brasília Belt.