Abstract

A structural study of the Early Proterozoic Hurwitz Group has been carried out in the Tavani area, approximately 80 km southwest of Rankin Inlet, District of Keewatin, Northwest Territories. The Hurwitz Group, in the Tavani area, consists of orthoquartzites of the Kinga Formation (Whiterock Lake Member) and quartz-feldspar arenites and litharenites of the Tavani Formation. More localized lithologies include siltstone, sandstones, breccia, and shales beneath the Whiterock Lake Member and conglomerate, shales, and shale-clast breccias within the Tavani Formation.Open, northeast-trending folds dominate the Hurwitz Group, although overturned folds and easterly trending structures are developed locally. Later northwest-trending faults complicate the northeast-trending structural pattern. Three structural domains are defined: north of the Wilson River, the Whiterock Syncline, and the Last Lake belt. The interrelationship of folding and faulting creates distinctive patterns in each domain, though overall, folding is demonstrated to be a local response to basement faulting, including reactivation of Archean structures. An overall north–south compressive regime is envisaged in which heterogeneities in the Archean basement are responsible for local peculiarities.

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