Abstract

The Philipsburg tectonic slice is bounded to the west by a northeast–southwest-trending thrust fault (Logan’s Line) and preserves 10 formations of Middle (?) to Late Cambrian (Milton, Rock River, and Strites Pond formations), Early Ordovician (Wallace Creek, Morgan Corner, Hastings Creek, and Naylor Ledge formations), and early Middle Ordovician (Luke Hill, Solomons Corner, and Corey formations) age. The strata were previously assigned to the Philipsburg Group. Early correlations between the Philipsburg succession and coeval strata of the St. Lawrence Platform were mainly based on sparse macrofauna and inferred stratigraphic position. Unconformities at the Cambrian–Ordovician and Early Ordovician – Middle Ordovician boundaries occurring in autochthonous St. Lawrence Platform and the allochthonous Philipsburg succession (Philipsburg tectonic slice) highlight new stratigraphic interpretations between the inner-shelf (St. Lawrence Platform) and the outer-shelf (Philipsburg) successions. The succession in the Philipsburg tectonic slice is divided into three new groups. The Middle (?) to Upper Cambrian Missisquoi Group (new) includes the Milton, Rock River, and Strites Pond formations. The upper boundary of the Missisquoi Group is defined by the upper unconformable contact between the Upper Cambrian Strites Pond Formation and overlying Lower Ordovician Wallace Creek Formation. The Missisquoi Group correlates with the Potsdam Group of the St. Lawrence Platform. The Lower Ordovician School House Hill Group (new) includes the Wallace Creek, Morgan Corner, Hastings Creek, and Naylor Ledge formations. The upper boundary of this group is marked by a regionally extensive unconformity at the top of the Naylor Ledge Formation and correlates with the younger Beekmantown-topping unconformity. The School House Hill Group is correlative with the lower to upper part of the Beekmantown Group (Theresa Formation and the Ogdensburg Member of the Beauharnois Formation) of the St. Lawrence Platform. The Middle Ordovician Fox Hill Group (new) consists of the Luke Hill, Solomons Corner, and Corey formations. This group correlates with the uppermost part of the Beekmantown Group (Huntingdon Member of the Beauharnois Formation and the Carillon Formation).

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