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The internal structure of the Moine nappe complex and the stratigraphy of the Morar Group in the Fannichs-Beinn Dearg area, NW Highlands

M. Krabbendam, R. A. Strachan, A. G. Leslie, K. M. Goodenough and H. C. Bonsor
The internal structure of the Moine nappe complex and the stratigraphy of the Morar Group in the Fannichs-Beinn Dearg area, NW Highlands
Scottish Journal of Geology (May 2011) 47 (1): 1-20

Abstract

The Morar Group, the lowest group of the early Neoproterozoic Moine Supergroup in the Scottish Highlands, forms a >5 km thick metamorphosed siliclastic sequence, recently interpreted to form part of a Grenvillian (c. 1000 Ma) foreland basin. New mapping has elucidated the structure and stratigraphy of the Morar Group in the Fannich-Beinn Dearg area, where the Morar Group occurs in a single coherent thrust sheet (Achness Thrust Sheet), over 70 km long, 20 km wide, and up to 10 km thick. Within this thrust sheet, the strata are folded by two very large, west-vergent and west-facing cylindroidal anticline-syncline pairs that deform the overlying Sgurr Beag Thrust. The lowest long limb is parallel with and grades into the ductile Moine Thrust and Achness Thrust at its base. Low strain zones in steep limbs contain well preserved sedimentary structures. Reconstruction of the stratigraphical architecture shows five formations of metasandstone (psammite), alternating with meta-siltstone (semipelite). Large-scale lateral variations in the lowest metasandstone package are capped by a possible flooding surface of semipelite, followed by more metasandstone. The deformation history shows foreland-propagation of both deformation and metamorphism, from NNW-directed transport on the Sgurr Beag Thrust to WNW-directed transport on the Achness Thrust and Moine Thrust.


ISSN: 0036-9276
EISSN: 2041-4951
Coden: SJGEAX
Serial Title: Scottish Journal of Geology
Serial Volume: 47
Serial Issue: 1
Title: The internal structure of the Moine nappe complex and the stratigraphy of the Morar Group in the Fannichs-Beinn Dearg area, NW Highlands
Affiliation: British Geological Survey, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Pages: 1-20
Published: 201105
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society Publishing House for the Geological Societies of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Bath, United Kingdom
References: 81
Accession Number: 2014-045221
Categories: StratigraphyStructural geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. block diag., geol. sketch maps
Secondary Affiliation: University of Portsmouth, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201427
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