The age and nature of the Neoproterozoic – early Paleozoic rift–drift transition has been interpreted differently along the length of the North American Cordillera. The Ediacaran “upper” group (herein elevated to the Rackla Group) of the Coal Creek inlier, Yukon, Canada, represents a key succession to reconstruct the sedimentation history of northwestern Laurentia across the Precambrian–Cambrian boundary and elucidate the timing of active tectonism during the protracted breakup of the supercontinent Rodinia. These previously undifferentiated late Neoproterozoic – early Paleozoic map units in the Coal Creek inlier are herein formally defined as the Lone, Cliff Creek, Mount Ina, Last Chance, Shade, and Shell Creek formations. New sedimentological and stratigraphic data from these units is used to reconstruct the depositional setting. In the Last Chance Formation, chemostratigraphic observations indicate a ca. 5‰ δ13Ccarb gradient coincident with the globally recognized ca. 574–567 Ma Shuram carbon isotope excursion. Map and stratigraphic relationships in the overlying Shell Creek Formation provide evidence for latest Ediacaran – middle Cambrian tilting and rift-related sedimentation. This provides evidence for active extension through the Cambrian Miaolingian Series in northwestern Canada, supporting arguments for a multiphase and protracted breakup of Rodinia.
Late Neoproterozoic – early Paleozoic basin evolution in the Coal Creek inlier of Yukon, Canada: implications for the tectonic evolution of northwestern Laurentia
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James F. Busch, Alan D. Rooney, Edward E. Meyer, Caleb F. Town, David P. Moynihan, Justin V. Strauss; Late Neoproterozoic – early Paleozoic basin evolution in the Coal Creek inlier of Yukon, Canada: implications for the tectonic evolution of northwestern Laurentia. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 2021;; 58 (4): 355–377. doi: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjes-2020-0132
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