Abstract

Paleomagnetic results are reported for Middle Proterozoic layered intrusions and dykes from within the Grenville Province of coastal southeastern Labrador. Rock units studied include the Little Grady Island layered norite intrusion, crosscutting mafic dykes from Little Grady Island, the dated Michael Gabbro from Double Island, and other miscellaneous mafic intrusions. On the basis of mineralogy and composition, it is concluded that the Little Grady Island layered mafic intrusion, the crosscutting dykes from Little Grady Island, and the miscellaneous mafic intrusions belong to the same period of magmatism (ca. 1650 Ma), in contrast with the Michael Gabbro, which belongs to a later event (ca. 1426 Ma).All rock units (except two dykes from the Hawke River Terrane) yield similar directions of magnetization. The remanence is extremely stable and has a characteristic direction of declination (D) = 321.7 °and inclination (I) = −49.3 °(N = 20, k = 24.1, α95 = 6.8°), with corresponding paleopole at 0.1°N, 155.1°E. This paleopole is interpreted as being representative of Grenvillian remagnetization. Based on an earlier age-calibrated Grenville track of the North American apparent polar wander path, this magnetization is correlated with a 900 Ma event, probably a (heating) pulse superposed on the general Grenvillian cooling. In contrast with this regional behaviour, two dykes from the Hawke River Terrane (Earl Island) yield a characteristic remanence of D = 285.7 °and I = 6.6°, with corresponding pole at 12°N, 158°W, interpreted as acquired during pre-Grenvillian, probably Elsonian, resetting.

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