Abstract

Three tectonostratigraphic successions are established from remapping of the area near Barkerville and Cariboo River. The first, of Late Proterozoic to Cambrian sediments, was deposited on the shallow to moderately deep platformal shelf west of and derived from the exposed North American craton. The second is an unconformably overlying Ordovician to Permian sequence of sedimentary and volcanic rocks representing a basinal environment with periodic highs. These packages of sediments were deposited on the North American craton and its western transitional extensions. The third succession, composed of oceanic chert and basalt of the Permo-Pennsylvanian Antler Formation, was thrust eastward over the other two during the early Mesozoic. The three successions were folded, faulted, and metamorphosed during the mid-Mesozoic Columbian Orogeny. The Devono-Mississippian Cariboo Orogeny, which was thought to have affected all of the first sequence and part of the second, could not be documented in its type locality. The geology of the Barkerville – Cariboo River area has many similarities with that of Selwyn Basin and Cassiar platform of northern British Columbia and Yukon.

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