Abstract

A late Grenvillian (1089-1076 Ma) subduction regime followed by terrane amalgamation is postulated as the paleoenvironment of a 400-km-long belt of potassium-rich alkaline and shoshonitic plutons in the Central metasedimentary belt of the southwestern Grenville province, Canada. Emplacement of the plutons postdates the regional metamorphism in the country rock, but predates major shear zones that form a structural boundary for the plutonic belt. The extent, timing, and magmatic affinities of the suite delineate the Gatineau domain within the current Mont-Laurier terrane of Quebec and are compelling evidence for the allochthonous nature of the Elzevir terrane and its extension eastward to Rideau Lake in Ontario and northward into the Gatineau domain. The belt trends northeast, the emplacement ages are younger to the southeast, and the magmatic affinities are those of island-arc ultrapotassic to shoshonitic rocks. This is interpreted to reflect the existence of a southeast-dipping, northeast-trending subduction zone beneath the combined Elzevir-Gatineau terrane between 1089 and 1076 Ma. Subsequent to subduction, amalgamation of the Elzevir terrane to the other terranes formed the Central metasedimentary belt, which then accreted and collided with the allochthonous polycyclic belt. These events provide evidence that the Ottawan orogeny commenced at ca. 1090 Ma in the Central metasedimentary belt. A modern analogue of this plutonism and its tectonic setting may have been the magmatism and arc-continent collision and subduction setting of the Sunda are, Indonesia.

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