Abstract

The Guichon Batholith, located near the south end of the Interior Plateau in south–central British Columbia, is composed of unmetamorphosed massive felsic intrusive rocks in several distinct phases (Northcote 1969). Stratigraphic and radiometric evidence indicate that the batholith was emplaced during the Late Triassic (198 ± 8 m.y.) and unroofed by Early Jurassic. Analysis of the remanence of 92 cores (184 specimens) from 19 representative sites led to the isolation of a stable primary remanent magnetism at 15 sites after alternating-field demagnetization. Variance ratio analysis of the remanence directions indicates that the phases cannot be distinguished by the paleomagnetic method. This supports the evidence from contact relationships and K–Ar isotopic dating of biotites that the phases cooled nearly contemporaneously. The pole position determined for the Guichon Batholith (12.9° E, 65.6° N) is discordant with other Upper Triassic pole positions determined for North American formations. The discordance may be explained by a clockwise rotation 40° ± 10° of the batholith and surrounding rocks in the southern end of the Interior Plateau, with most of the Plateau to the north acting as a stable non-rotated tectonic block. Other evidence is cited which is consistent with this hypothesis.

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