The Camsell River area comprises a roof pendant of volcanic rocks within an Aphebian (~1800 m.y.) orogenic belt. Magnetite–apatite intrusions and related bodies are common and are closely associated with plutons of intermediate composition. The magnetitic intrusions are interpreted as immiscible liquids that separated from a magma of intermediate composition. The immiscible fractions were predominantly crystalline when they reached their present higher levels, and final emplacement was facilitated by volatile-streaming and fluidization. Their presence in the orogenic belt is taken as further support for the hypothesis that the orogen was of Andean type.

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