Evidence for the sinistral Porcupine shear zone in North Yukon (Canadian Arctic) and geotectonic implications
Published:June 14, 2019
W. von Gosen*, K. Piepjohn*, W.C. McClelland*, M. Colpron*, 2019. "Evidence for the sinistral Porcupine shear zone in North Yukon (Canadian Arctic) and geotectonic implications", Circum-Arctic Structural Events: Tectonic Evolution of the Arctic Margins and Trans-Arctic Links with Adjacent Orogens, Karsten Piepjohn, Justin V. Strauss, Lutz Reinhardt, William C. McClelland
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Structural analysis of Neoproterozoic to lower Paleozoic rocks near Old Crow, in North Yukon, show that they were affected by widespread, but distributed sinistral shear zone deformation. This tectonic event occurred under brittle-ductile conditions, in the early Paleozoic, prior to intrusion of Late Devonian granitoids of the Old Crow plutonic suite (368–375 Ma). Although outcrops are scattered, the shear zone deformation can be inferred to extend over a broad ~W–E corridor, ~10–20 km-wide and ~145 km long, from eastern Alaska into northern Yukon. The sinistral Porcupine shear zone is interpreted to represent a major, early Paleozoic crustal structure along which elements of NE Laurentian and Caledonian affinities in the Arctic Alaska terrane were transferred across the Arctic region during the Paleozoic. Our observations do not support major Paleogene dextral strike-slip deformation along the Porcupine River near Old Crow.
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Circum-Arctic Structural Events: Tectonic Evolution of the Arctic Margins and Trans-Arctic Links with Adjacent Orogens
The circum-Arctic region has received considerable attention over the past several decades with vigorous debate focused on topics such as mechanisms for opening the Eurasian and Amerasian basins, the importance of plume-related magmatism in the development of the Arctic Ocean, and mechanisms for ancient terrane translation along the Arctic margins. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Circum-Arctic Structural Events (CASE) program, an international polar research effort organized and led by the Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR) of Germany, this volume presents results from 18 major field expeditions involving over 100 international geoscientists from a broad spectrum of disciplines. The resulting publication focuses on the Proterozoic to Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the circum-Arctic region with correlations to adjacent orogens.