Abstract

Two stable, ancient, N.R.M. components were isolated by a.f. demagnetization of samples from 29 sites in the Helikian (Middle Proterozoic) anorthosite and adamellite suites of the Mealy Mountains. The directions of the two components are chiefly to the northwest, 20° upward (northwest component) and to the east, 65 °downward (east component). The northwest direction is thought to be the primary igneous T.R.M. and no reversely magnetized sites with this direction were encountered in the Mealy suite. The 11 sites from which the northwesterly component was isolated yielded a mean pole at 179 °W, 8 °N, α95 = 12°. This is some distance away from poles derived from rocks of comparable age from elsewhere in the Canadian Shield and may reflect a 50° clockwise rotation of this section of the Grenville Orogen relative to the Superior after the initial magnetization of the Mealy rocks. Evidence of a second stable component was found in 14 sites (east component); 11 of these are reversely magnetized and three are normally magnetized. The 14 sites with easterly (and reversed easterly) magnetization yielded a combined pole for this component at 182 °W, 38 °S, α95 = 9°. This pole position suggests that the east component was acquired after the rotation of this part of the Grenville Orogen. The cores from 3 sites exhibited two clear end-points during a.f. demagnetization and thus contain both the northwest and the east component.The Helikian Shabogamo Gabbro at the south end of the Labrador Trough was sampled at 13 sites on a line extending 80 km north from the Grenville Front. After a.f. cleaning these sites yielded a pole at 171 °W, 10 °N, α95 = 12°. This pole lies about 20° northwest of poles for rocks of similar age in the Superior Orogen so it is suggested that the rocks of the sample area, though lying a bit north of the line generally accepted as the 'Grenville Front', have been rotated clockwise (about 20°) since intrusion of the gabbro.

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