Abstract

The volcanic rocks of the Tetagouche Group are predominantly dacitic to rhyolitic pyroclastics and lavas; mafic alkaline and tholeiitic volcanic rocks are less abundant. Lavas representing the intermediate range (such as andesites) are uncommon.As a consequence of intense Na2O and K2O metasomatism, the mafic volcanic rocks have been classified on the basis of relatively immobile elements such as Ti, Y, Zr, Nb, Ni and Cr.By reference to volcanic suites described elsewhere for varying geologic and tectonic environments, the Tetagouche Group appears to represent two geologic environments. It is proposed that the deposition of tholeiitic and alkaline basalts accompanied the rifting associated with the opening of the Proto-Atlantic, which began during Hadrynian times. However the calc-alkaline felsic volcanic rocks were deposited on the top of the basaltic sequence along a mature island arc system that developed with the closing of the Proto-Atlantic during Middle Ordovician time.

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