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Geoelectric response and crustal electrical-conductivity structure of the Flin Flon Belt, Trans-Hudson Orogen, Canada

I. J. Ferguson, Alan G. Jones, Yu Sheng, X. Wu and I. Shiozaki
Geoelectric response and crustal electrical-conductivity structure of the Flin Flon Belt, Trans-Hudson Orogen, Canada (in NATMAP Shield Margin Project, Volume 2--Le projet du bord du Bouclier NATMAP, Volume 2, Stephen B. Lucas (editor))
Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences = Revue Canadienne des Sciences de la Terre (November 1999) 36 (11): 1917-1938

Abstract

A Lithoprobe magnetotelluric survey across the Palaeoproterozoic Trans-Hudson Orogen included 34 sites within the Flin Flon Belt and adjacent geological domains. The magnetotelluric impedance tensors and geomagnetic induction vectors reveal four distinct geoelectric zones along this segment of the Lithoprobe transect. In the east and west, the geoelectric responses are dominated by the contrast between intrusive rocks and more conductive ocean-floor assemblages. A significant characteristic of the responses throughout the Flin Flon Belt is the very strong galvanic distortion of the electric field, which reflects the complexity of the upper crustal geological structure in the greenstone belt, requiring careful application of distortion removal methods. The responses at sites near the north of the Flin Flon Belt are related to the boundary with the southern flank of the Kisseynew gneiss belt. To the south, at sites near Athapapuskow Lake, the responses are dominated by a strong upper-crustal conductor. The magnetotelluric observations show that the Athapapuskow Lake conductivity anomaly extends for at least 40 km along strike ( approximately N36 degrees E), and is roughly two-dimensional in form. Numerical modelling shows that the top of the body dips southeast at 20-50 degrees from a western edge coincident with the Athapapuskow Lake shear zone. The conductor lies in the eastern part of the Namew gneiss complex. The magnetotelluric method cannot resolve the exact spatial distribution of conductive rocks but it is probable that the anomaly is caused by a series of isolated conductors (with resistivity <1 Omega -m) associated with subordinate graphitic and sulphidic supracrustal gneisses.


ISSN: 0008-4077
EISSN: 1480-3313
Coden: CJESAP
Serial Title: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences = Revue Canadienne des Sciences de la Terre
Serial Volume: 36
Serial Issue: 11
Title: Geoelectric response and crustal electrical-conductivity structure of the Flin Flon Belt, Trans-Hudson Orogen, Canada
Title: NATMAP Shield Margin Project, Volume 2--Le projet du bord du Bouclier NATMAP, Volume 2
Author(s): Ferguson, I. J.Jones, Alan G.Yu ShengWu, X.Shiozaki, I.
Author(s): Lucas, Stephen B.editor
Affiliation: University of Manitoba, Department of Geological Sciences, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Affiliation: Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Pages: 1917-1938
Published: 199911
Text Language: English
Summary Language: French
Publisher: National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
References: 57
Accession Number: 2000-034505
Categories: Solid-earth geophysicsApplied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Geol. Surv. Can., Contrib. No. 1998070; Lithoprobe Publ. No. 1137
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, geol. sketch maps
N53°30'00" - N55°15'00", W103°00'00" - W100°30'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Geological Survey of Canada, CAN, CanadaNational Natural Sciences Foundation, CHN, ChinaTottori University, JPN, Japan
Country of Publication: Canada
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200011
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