Abstract

New deep seismic reflection data coupled with regional stratigraphic correlations, drill-hole information, and potential field data are interpreted to provide images of Middle Proterozoic Wernecke Supergroup (meta-)sedimentary layers that were uplifted during tectonic development of the ca. 0.9–1.3 Ga Racklan Orogen in Canada's western Northwest Territories. The reflection data are located at the eastern front of the Mackenzie Mountains portion of the Canadian Cordillera and on the western flank of the Fort Simpson structural trend that is a prominent Proterozoic structure in the subsurface throughout the region. Along three parallel profiles, layers that are correlated with thick Wernecke Supergroup sedimentary rocks produce prominent reflections between about 3.0 and 9.0 s (about 7.5 and 23 km) that were arched prior to deposition of younger Proterozoic (probably Mackenzie Mountains Supergroup) and Phanerozoic sedimentary rocks. The strata are considered to be Wernecke basin sedimentary rocks that were uplifted during deformation associated with the development of the Racklan Orogen.

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