Abstract

We investigated the age and petrology of Paleoproterozoic granitic intrusions in the area of the Kiggavik uranium exploration camp, near the southeast margin of the Aberdeen subbasin of the Thelon Basin. A subset of these intrusions (e.g., the Lone Gull stock) is spatially associated with and mineralized by basement hosted, unconformity-related uranium deposits. Surface (outcrop) samples have field relations, textures, and compositions consistent with Hudson Suite granitoids and mixtures of monzogranite with minette. We obtained U–Pb (zircon) ages ranging from ca. 1818 to 1840 Ma, within the known range of the Hudson Suite and cogenetic minettes of the Baker Lake Group (1.80–1.84 Ga). Core samples of granitic rocks adjacent to mineralized zones are more complex and indicate an influence from the younger Nueltin Granite (Kivalliq Igneous Suite, ca. 1.77–1.73 Ga). One sample from the Lone Gull stock contains two zircon populations in texturally distinctive domains, one at 1806 ± 41 Ma and the other at 1748 ± 9.4 Ma. A porphyritic hypabyssal syenite below the Bong deposit yielded a U–Pb zircon age of 1837.8 ± 7.7 Ma and a U–Pb titanite age of 1758.5 ± 44 Ma. We recognize a Kivalliq-age overprint in the form of metasomatism and partial remelting or melt infiltration in the drill core samples, which is not evident at the surface and is consistent with the presence of a Nueltin Granite intrusive complex at depth. The geochemistry and primary igneous textures of the Bong syenite, including its euhedral zircons, resemble those of lava flows near the base of the Baker Lake Group, and we recognize a mixed magma (i.e., Martell Syenite) continuum between intrusive Hudson granitoids and minette with extrusive equivalents in the lower felsic minette member of the Christopher Island Formation.

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