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The Tatonduk inlier, Alaska–Yukon border

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Francis A. Macdonald
Francis A. Macdonald
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Phoebe A. Cohen
Phoebe A. Cohen
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

Glaciogenic deposits of the Rapitan and Hay Creek Groups are exposed in the Tatonduk inlier of east-central Alaska and the western Yukon. The Rapitan Group ranges in thickness from c. 50 to 700 m with Fe-formation common in the upper 10 m. In the most distal settings, the Rapitan Group is separated from the diamictite of the Hay Creek Group by over 100 m of sandstone and siltstone; however, the Hay Creek Group contains large erosive surfaces and cannibalizing breccia, and rarely preserves strata between the two glaciogenic deposits. The diamictite of the Hay Creek Group is capped by a white- to buff-coloured dolostone with pseudo-teepee structures, bed-parallel, isopachous sheet-crack cements, and a depleted C-isotope signature. Late Neoproterozoic glacial deposits in the Tatonduk inlier were formerly assigned to the Tindir Group. To simplify the nomenclature in the northwestern Canadian Cordillera, the Tindir Group was abandoned and replaced with nomenclature consistent with that of the Windermere Supergroup in the Mackenzie Mountains. The mixed lithology and anchizone-grade metamorphism distinguish the Rapitan and Hay Creek Groups in the Tatonduk inlier as attractive future targets for integrated micropalaeontology, geochemistry, palaeomagnetism and geochronology.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

The Geological Record of Neoproterozoic Glaciations

Emmanuelle Arnaud
Emmanuelle Arnaud
University of Guelph, Canada
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Galen P. Halverson
Galen P. Halverson
McGill University, Canada
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Graham Shields-Zhou
Graham Shields-Zhou
University College London, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
36
ISBN electronic:
9781862394117
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

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