Abstract

New U-Pb age data from the southwestern Slave Province demonstrate that units of the Indin Lake supracrustal belt form an imbricated structural stack. The oldest rocks of the belt are undated mafic volcanic flows of the Hewitt Lake group that are crosscut by a 2670 Ma felsic sill, itself coeval with mafic through felsic volcanic rocks of the 2668-2671 Ma Leta Arm group. The youngest rocks of the belt are 2647-2629 Ma turbidites and felsic volcanic rocks of the unconformably overlying Chalco Lake group. Tonalite orthogneiss of the adjacent Cotterill gneiss complex is 2680 Ma, suggesting that it does not represent in situ basement to the supracrustal belt. Intercalation of the older Hewitt Lake and Leta Arm groups with the younger Chalco Lake group is interpreted to result from D1 imbrication and folding between 2629 and 2609 Ma, the age of a crosscutting tonalite intrusion. Subsequent D2 folding and regional low-pressure metamorphism occurred between 2609 Ma and ca. 2590 Ma. D3 normal faulting between the belt and Cotterill gneisses, ca. 2590 Ma, is interpreted to overlap with retrograde amphibolite-facies metamorphism and decompression of the gneiss complex. Comparisons between the tectonic history of the Indin Lake area and the central Slave Province show that turbidite deposition was regionally diachronous and overlapped with regional deformation elsewhere, supporting existing models favouring some form of accretionary orogenesis. The imbricated and intercalated 2670-2629 Ma supracrustal sequence may characterize a distinct crustal block in the southwestern Slave Province.

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