Abstract

The Middle Eocene Ootsa Lake Group is exposed in the central portion of the Stikine Terrane, where it was sampled along the shoreline of Tahtsa Reach and Whitesail Reach. The group consists of dominantly subaerial flows, which range in composition from basalt to rhyolite, that unconformably overly the Jurassic Hazelton Group. Detailed alternating-field and thermal stepwise demagnetizations were done on all specimens from the 21 sites collected. The presence of a normal- and reversed-polarity remanence, a positive fold test, and high coercivities and unblocking temperatures indicate that a prefolding primary remanence has been isolated. The mean tilt-corrected direction of D = 002.2°, I = 69.2 °(α95 = 7.4°) from 13 sites for which paleohorizontal is well known yields a pole position at 354.6°E, 88.0°N (A95 = 11.5°), which is statistically indistinguishable from published 50 Ma reference poles for cratonic North America. This evidence demonstrates that the proposed large-scale northward displacement of Stikinia since mid-Cretaceous was completed by at least Middle Eocene time. This result is consistent with other paleomagnetic results from Stikinia, Quesnellia, and the Coast Plutonic Complex indicating that much of the allochthonous Cordillera had assembled and docked with cratonic North America by the Middle Eocene.

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