Abstract

The Eagle Plutonic Complex is an elongate north-northwest-trending body of deformed Middle to Late Jurassic and middle Cretaceous rocks which underlies the southwestern margin of the Intermontane terrane. New mapping of the complex and its country rocks, in concert with geochronometry, has defined episodes of contractional, ductile deformation in the Middle to Late Jurassic and middle Cretaceous, as well as brittle deformation in Tertiary time. Synkinematic Middle to Late Jurassic Eagle tonalite at the eastern margin of the Eagle Complex intrudes mylonitic Nicola Group rocks and structurally overlies them along a southwest-dipping belt of high strain (Eagle shear zone) with a structural thickness of > 1 km and a strike length of > 100 km. In the central and western Eagle Complex, Eagle tonalite grades into tonalite orthogneiss (Eagle gneiss), and both are crosscut by mid-Cretaceous, muscovite-bearing plutons of the Fallslake Plutonic Suite. Fallslake Suite rocks are themselves ductilely deformed along the Pasayten fault, which bounds the Eagle Complex on the west and was active mainly in the mid-Cretaceous (ductile deformation with sinistral, east-side-up, reverse displacement). The Jurassic and Cretaceous episodes of deformation may reflect the respective initial and final stages of the accretion of the Insular terrane to the North American margin. West of the Pasayten fault, Middle to Late Jurassic and older(?) rocks of the Zoa Complex are structurally overlain, in part, by deformed Middle Eocene and middle Cretaceous sedimentary rocks. In the north, the Middle Eocene rocks are intruded on their west side by the Middle Eocene Needle Peak pluton.

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