Abstract

In central British Columbia, north-trending dextral strike-slip faults that cut Late Eocene granite also truncate northwest-trending dextral strike-slip faults. The northwest-trending strike-slip faults bound the Wolverine Metamorphic Complex (Wolverine Complex), which has been uplifted primarily by northwest–southeast Eocene crustal extension and somewhat by Late Eocene northerly extension. The crustal extension is indicated by shallow-dipping extensions faults, dyke complexes, and stretching lineations. The Wolverine Complex and its bounding faults define a crustal pull-apart in an en echelon dextral transform. The northwest- and north-trending dextral strike-slip faults in central British Columbia are the continuations of faults that transect the interior of the North American Cordillera, and they represent at least two distinct plate boundaries intermittently active during the Early to Middle Eocene, and the Late Eocene to Early Oligocene. Each of these systems consists of en echelon strike-slip faults linked by extensional pull-aparts, locally represented by metamorphic core complexes. These two plate-boundary systems represent two distinct plate-motion configurations between the North American and Kula–Pacific plates. The older plate boundary is truncated and disrupted by the younger one. These two systems may in turn be disrupted by a younger and different plate-motion configuration represented by the transverse Basin and Range extension complex and its northern and southern transform boundary faults.

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