Abstract

The north-northeast trending Sellarsville and Rafting Ground faults are southeasterly directed Acadian (Devonian) thrusts in the Québec Appalachians. They are located at the western end of the Grand Pabos fault system, a dextral strike-slip fault system that transects Upper Ordovician to Lower Devonian sedimentary rocks in the southern Gaspé Peninsula. The structural analysis of mesoscopic brittle and brittle–ductile shear zones by graphical methods was used to determine the stress field related to these two faults. The attitude of slip lines was calculated when the slickenside striations were not observed on the movement plane. Conjugate faults, Arthaud's method, and Angelier and Mechler's method were used to determine the paleostress. The maximum principal compressive stress σ1, always subhorizontal and striking west-northwest – east-southeast, is perpendicular to the Sellarsville and Rafting Ground faults and was probably the cause of the thrusting motion along the faults. North-northeast-trending regional folds and cleavage could also be related to this same stress. Geological mapping and structural cross sections confirm the southeasterly directed thrust motions, which are well integrated in the Grand Pabos fault system. Sellarsville and Rafting Ground faults with the Restigouche fault may represent a leading contractional imbricate fan in a dextral strike-slip system. [Journal Translation]

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