Abstract

Chemical and thermal demagnetization of 92 specimens from the Mount Nelson Formation (uppermost Purcell Supergroup) in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern British Columbia yields two distinct directional groups. MN-A, found by thermal and chemical demagnetization, has a mean direction of D = 274°, I = 19° (α95 = 10°, tilt corrected), which corresponds to a pole position at 156 °E, 10 °N, MN-A resides in fine-grained hematite and is similar to other overprint directions reported from middle and upper Belt–Purcell strata in the Glacier National Park – Clark Range area. Genesis of this overprint is related to some regional geological process, most probably the Goat River Orogeny graphic. Direction MN-B, which is found after acid leaching of more than 250 h, has a mean direction of D = 331°, I = 47°(α95 = +4°, tilt corrected), corresponding to a pole at 119 °E, 59 °N. The MN-B pole is significantly different from all poles previously reported from the Belt–Purcell Supergroup (ca. 210 °E, 20 °S). As the age of the MN-B pole is unconstrained the significance of this marked discrepancy is at present uncertain.

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