Abstract

Four distinct igneous events of the southern Intermontane Belt are represented in new K–Ar and Rb–Sr dates. The first and regionally most important event is sharply defined by new K–Ar dates between 200 and 209 Ma for the Thuya, Wildhorse, Iron Mask, and Allison batholiths and a 205 ± 10 Ma Rb–Sr isochron for the Guichon Creek batholith. All these plutons were emplaced approximately at the change from Triassic to Jurassic time. The related and slightly older Nicola volcanic rocks are altered by addition of more radiogenic sedimentary Sr (Carnian Nicola limestones having 87Sr/86Sr = 0.7075 ± 1) and do not give an isochron date. The Coldwater stock is anomalously old (K–Ar dates range from 215–267 Ma).The Mid- to Late Jurassic igneous event is indicated by a 141 Ma K–Ar date for the Mount Martley batholith. Mid-Cretaceous volcanic rocks of the Kingsvale Group give a Rb–Sr isochron date of 112 ± 10 Ma and are postdated by the crosscutting and slightly younger Summers Creek stock (100 Ma by K–Ar).The final event straddles the Cretaceous–Tertiary boundary with the Nicola batholith emplaced about 60 Ma ago (K–Ar) and the Rey Lake stock perhaps slightly earlier (69 Ma by K–Ar).Initial 87Sr/S6sr ratios range from 0.7025–0.7046 with a mean and mode near 0.7037 which is within the range of modern circum-Pacific volcanoes. Initial ratios of 0.7034 ± 1 for the Guichon Creek batholith, 0.7035 ± 1 for the Iron Mask batholith, 0.70435 ± 10 for the Thuya batholith, and 0.70379 ± 4 for the Kingsvale volcanic rocks are the most precisely determined. The Coldwater stock is anomalously low at 0.7025. For the other plutonic bodies only scattered or single analyses are available. The Nicola volcanic rocks appear to have once been similar in initial ratio to the Guichon Creek batholith but their calculated initial ratios now scatter from 0.7034–0.7073.

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