Abstract

The Sandybeach Lake area was deformed in four stages. Stage 1 produced gently south-southeast-dipping foliations at low angles to bedding. Stage 2 involved draping of these planes and formation of contact-strain aureoles related to the emplacement of granitoid stocks. Stage 3 produced doubly plunging folds, steep foliations, and shear zones, which resulted from regional transpression, with a sinistral lateral shear sense along this arm of the Wabigoon greenstone belt. Stage 4 produced minor folds and shear displacements in some places and final tightening of stage 3 folds in others, compatible with final regional convergence.Regional quartz veins, including those carrying gold, appear to have filled tensional fractures related to bulk belt-perpendicular shortening and belt-parallel extension, sinistral shear, and tightening of folds in sheetlike competent bodies. Veins and mineralization thus coincided with late stage 3 deformation, possibly overlapping stage 4.Auriferous vein occurrences at the Goldlund mine display geometries similar to those of veins in the surrounding region. The main body of auriferous vein mineralization is hosted by a thick, composite metatonalite–metadiorite sheet. The vein system of this zone likely originated during the steepening and axial-plane transposition of the southeast-dipping limb near the southwest-plunging end of a stage 3 fold.

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