Abstract

Two new occurrences of eclogite associated with mylonitic rocks are documented. The first, near Ross River, is in a quartz-rich metasedimentary host that includes glaucophane schist. The host forms part of a belt of high-pressure rocks more than 50 km long and several kilometres wide between Ross River and Faro. In the second occurrence, north of Watson Lake, eclogite is associated with mafic and ultramafic rocks occurring in a klippe more than 100 km2 in area that rests on unmetamorphosed Triassic rocks of the North American miogeocline. Geothermobarometry shows that the eclogites were metamorphosed at 10–15 kb (1 kb = 100 MPa), between 470 and 750 °C. These peak conditions are comparable to those for other eclogites in the Yukon and adjacent Alaska. The age of metamorphism and mylonitization is Triassic or older.The high-pressure rocks occur at the leading edge of the most inboard accreted terrane, along its boundary with North American miogeoclinal strata, over a length of several hundred kilometres. Their extensive distribution makes these rocks regionally mappable units. This supports other evidence that both the Yukon–Tanana terrane and mylonite sheets obducted on North American foreland rocks are composed in part of trench and subduction-zone material.

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