Abstract

The Selkirk Allochthon, a composite tectonic slice composed of North American paleocontinental-margin deposits and more distal, possibly marginal-basin "suspect terrane," was displaced eastward toward the craton in the Late Jurassic and Late Cretaceous.The Carnes Nappe, a major west-verging recumbent anticline within the Selkirk Allochthon, is considered the southern continuation of Scrip Nappe, which in the Monashee Mountains has an inverted limb length of 50 km. The west-verging nappe and associated structures are interpreted as having originated in the Early to Middle Jurassic during accretion of western allochthonous terranes and prior to eastward displacement of the Selkirk Allochthon.The reversal from westward vergence away from the North American craton to eastward vergence is considered as marking a fundamental change in the evolution of the orogenic belt and may reflect a transition from underthrusting of western allochthonous terranes on blind-shear zones to east-directed breakthrough thrusts.

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