Abstract

Paleomagnetic measurements have been completed on 400 specimens from dated Archean granites and Matachewan dikes in the Michipicoten and Gamitagama greenstone belts in the western Wawa Subprovince of the Superior Province, Ontario. Detailed alternating-field and thermal step demagnetization analyses were used to isolate stable remanence directions. A single-component remanence was isolated within three adjacent dated granitic plutons on the eastern margin of the Michipicoten belt, including the Hawk Lake trondhjemite, the Southern external granite, and the Eastern external granite (HSE). The maximum possible age for this remanence is constrained by the intrusion of the last pluton at 2694 Ma. The corresponding HSE paleopole is located at 10°W, 41°S (dp = 8°, dm = 13°). A second paleopole, NB, is derived from the Northern external granite and the Baldhead River quartz monzonite, which give U–Pb zircon ages of 2662 and 2668 Ma, respectively. Their single-component remanence defines a paleopole on the Archean apparent polar wander path (APWP) at 15°E, 27°S (dp = 8°, dm = 13°), with a maximum possible age of 2.66 Ga. A third paleopole, GD, is derived from the north-northwest-trending Gamitagama diabase dikes and yields a position of 57°E, 41°N (dp = 7°, dm = 14°), which agrees with poles determined by other workers from the 2454 Ma Matachewan dike swarm. The GD pole, along with previously determined Matachewan dike poles, demonstrates that a tectonically stable craton has existed since intrusion of this extensive dike swarm, and it improves the precision of the 2454 Ma Matachewan pole on the APWP. These poles, when compared with coeval poles from the eastern side of the Kapuskasing Structural Zone in the Superior Province, imply no tectonic rotation or translation between the Wawa and Abitibi subprovinces along this Early Proterozoic structure.

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