Abstract

The Thelon Formation, uppermost unit of the Dubawnt Group, overlies a regionally extensive paleoweathered zone developed on a wide range of lithochronological units including formations in the lower Dubawnt Group. Authigenic uraniferous phosphate minerals, fluorapatite and goyazite, cementing Thelon conglomerate–sandstone and filling fractures in the underlying paleoweathered zone, were dated in an attempt to better constrain the age of Thelon sedimentation and diagenesis. The oldest age, 1720 ± 6 Ma, derived from phosphate-cemented sediments, is interpreted as a minimum age for diagenesis and therefore brackets initial Thelon sedimentation between emplacement of fluorite-bearing granites at 1753 Ma and authigenic phosphate cementation at 1720 Ma. Additional ages of 1685 ± 4 and 1647 Ma are interpreted as remobilization or subsequent cementation events. K–Ar ages on illite, 1386 ± 37 and 1266 ± 31 Ma, from the paleoweathered zone and basal conglomerate, respectively, are significantly younger than ages derived from coexisting phosphate. These K–Ar ages record hydrothermal events that may be related to processes associated with unconformity-type uranium mineralization at approximately 1400–1300 Ma.Ages from the Thelon Basin permit geochronologic correlations with the Athabasca and Hornby basins, long correlated on the basis of similarities in sedimentation, stratigraphy, and tectonic setting.

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