Abstract

Deep crustal seismic data from the Fort Goodhope area, Northwest Territories, Canada, image crustal structures associated with Middle Proterozoic compressional deformation. These include 10–20 km wide antiforms and thrust faults that lie above a west-dipping crustal-scale ramp with at least 10 km of vertical relief. The deformation is interpreted as being associated with structures observed in the subsurface to the east and may be partly coeval with deformation originally detected in outcrop in the Rackla Range of the Wernecke Mountains. These new deep crustal profiles, coupled with data to the east that delineate structures to 15 km depth, reveal large-scale similarity between this Middle Proterozoic orogen and many Phanerozoic compressional orogens.

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