Abstract

Granitic rocks and metavolcanics underlie most of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia between the fifty-second and the fifty-third parallel, about half-way between Vancouver and Prince Rupert. The age of most rocks is unknown. The area has been involved in at least two orogenic cycles. The oldest known supracrustal rocks (Upper Paleozoic?) have been metamorphosed to gneisses, deformed along northeasterly trends, and intruded by granitic plutons, probably early in the Mesozoic Era. These rocks formed the basement of disconformable Mesozoic sediments and volcanics. The basement and its Mesozoic cover were metamorphosed and deformed along northwesterly trends in the early Tertiary. In the late Tertiary (Pliocene?) post-kinematic granites were emplaced and basalts were extruded for a period extending to postglacial times. The model is possibly applicable to all of the Coast Mountains in Canada.

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