Abstract

The Missi Formation in the Flin Flon Basin forms part of a discontinuous series of molasse-type sediments found throughout the Early Proterozoic Trans-Hudson Orogen in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Flin Flon Basin contains a sequence of proximal-fan to braided-stream fluvial conglomerates and sandstones, which unconformably overlie subaerially weathered Amisk Group volcanic rocks. Stratigraphic way-up indicators have been preserved, even though these rocks have undergone greenschist-facies metamorphism and polyphase deformation. The sedimentary rocks are crosscut by intrusive rocks, which provide a minimum age of sedimentation of 1840 ± 7 Ma.Detrital zircons from each of the six stratigraphic subdivisions of the Flin Flon Basin were analyzed using the single-zircon Pb-evaporation technique. Euhedral to slightly rounded zircons dominate each sample, and these zircons give ages of between about 1854 and 1950 Ma. The Missi sediments were thus deposited between 1840 and 1854 Ma. Possible sources for the detrital zircons are Amisk Group felsic volcanic rocks and post-Amisk granitoid rocks and orthogneisses in adjacent domains within the Trans-Hudson Orogen. However, the immature character of the sedimentary rocks, the composition of clasts, the euhedral character of many of the zircons, and the range in ages suggest that most were likely derived from Amisk Group and granitoid rocks in the western Flin Flon Domain. Rounded zircons are uncommon but provide evidence for the reworking of older Proterozoic sedimentary rocks, or a distant Archean or Early Proterozoic granitoid terrane.

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