Abstract

The study of lithology, geochronology, and structure in the Oxford–Stull terrane, in particular in the Gods Lake Narrows area, has led to the recognition of three distinct supracrustal sequences: ∼2.8–2.9 Ga volcanic rocks; a ∼2720 Ma fault-bounded package of volcanics and sandstones; and ∼2705 Ma conglomerate and alkaline volcanic rocks of the Oxford Lake Group. Detrital zircon as old as 3647 Ma is present in the Oxford Lake Group. An early generation of folding and shearing occurred prior to deposition of the Oxford Lake Group and was probably synchronous with emplacement of 2721 Ma tonalite dykes. The second generation of deformation caused south-over-north thrusting of volcanic rocks over the Oxford Lake Group. The youngest fabric resulted from east-southeast-trending, dextral, south-over-north shearing. The youngest rock dated in the area is the 2668 ± 1 Ma Magill Lake pluton, which records crustal melting following deformation. The pattern of sedimentation and deformation in this area is similar to but slightly older than that found in the southern half of the Superior Province, which shows a southward-younging diachroneity. The south-dipping north-vergent shear zones observed in the area contrast with dominantly north-dipping south-vergent structures observed and interpreted south of the North Caribou superterrane (NCS). The limited size of the study area precludes any strongly based large-scale tectonic interpretation; however, data and observations from the Gods Lake Narrows area are most easily accommodated in a model where the NCS served as a nucleus onto which other terranes were accreted and both the northern and southern margins of the NCS were Andean-type continental margins with opposite subduction polarities.

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