Abstract

The Wapisu gneiss dome is located in the northeastern part of the Kisseynew Domain of the Trans-Hudson Orogen (THO) in north-central Manitoba. The dome is circular, about 6 km in diameter, with steeply-dipping flanks. It is composed of upper amphibolite-facies gneisses derived from turbiditic sediments, with leucogranitic sill-like intrusions that were metamorphosed, starting at about 1830 Ma. Alternating field and thermal step demagnetization of 153 specimens from 17 sites around the perimeter of the dome isolated a characteristic remanent magnetization (ChRM) direction of D= 346.6°, I= 78.9° (α95= 5.3°, k= 46, N= 17) that gives a pole of 119.5° W, 75.8° N (dp= 9.5°, dm= 10.0°). Unblocking temperatures and saturation isothermal remanence analyses show that the ChRM resides mostly in single to pseudosingle domain magnetite or titanomagnetite, with minor hematite commonly present and with minor pyrrhotite present in the leucogranites. The ChRM is found to be postfolding with >>99.9% confidence, indicating acquisition on cooling from peak metamorphism at ∼1810 ± 10 Ma. This Wapisu gneiss dome paleopole is the first from the Kisseynew Domain and the first from the 1830 to 1770 Ma interval in the THO. It indicates an ∼90° bend or hairpin in the apparent polar wander path for the THO juvenile terranes and Superior craton. It is speculated that the hairpin marks the collisional impact of the Archean Sask craton and (or) Hearne craton, which drove the Paleoproterozoic Kisseynew Domain into the Archean Superior craton.

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