The link between the macroscopic silicate fabric and the magnetite-controlled AMS (anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility) fabric in ferromagnetic rocks was investigated through a comprehensive comparison between different fabric measurement techniques. Sample lithologies include tonalites and granodiorites from the Lago della Vacca Complex, Adamello Batholith, Italy. The datasets used to assess the link between subfabrics and the coherence between methods include: 1) macroscopic silicate fabric measured directly in the field; 2) macroscopic silicate fabric derived from image analysis (IA) of outcrop pictures and sample pictures; 3) shape-preferred orientations (SPO) of mafic silicates, 4) SPO of magnetite, and 5) calculated distribution of magnetite grains from computer-assisted high-resolution X-ray tomography (X-ray CT) images; 6) fabrics derived from the AMS.Macroscopic mineral fabrics measured in the field agree with the IA results and with the SPO of mafic silicates obtained from the X-ray CT imaging. The X-ray CT results show that the SPO of the magnetite grains are consistent with the AMS data whereas the spatial distribution of the magnetite grains is less compatible with the AMS fabric. This implies that the AMS signal is mainly controlled by the shape of the magnetic carrier mineral rather than by the spatial arrangement of the magnetite grains. An exception is the presence of magnetite clusters. Furthermore, the SPO of mafic silicates and the SPO of the magnetite grains are consistent with the AMS data. Another finding of this study is that the magnetic susceptibility correlates linearly with the amount of magnetite in the samples. The coherent results obtained from a variety of methods reinforce the application of both AMS measurements and IA as robust tools to analyse fabrics in granitic intrusions.
- 3D shape fabrics (SPO)
- Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS)
- Magnetic interactions
- Rock fabrics in granites
- X-ray micro-tomography