The Archean volcanic and intrusive rocks of Bijou Point, northwest Ontario show several chemical characteristics which suggest affinities to the alkali or shoshonitic series characteristic of late stages of evolution in modern island arcs. The rocks have unusually high total alkalis (7% at 58–65% SiO2), high Al2O3 and high trace element contents (Ba 800–2500 ppm, Rb 50–350 ppm, Sr 600–2000 ppm). The presence of such rocks in the greenstone belts of the Superior Province serves to further emphasize the similarities between these ancient volcanics and their modern counterparts.

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