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Neoarchean disaggregation and reassembly of the Superior Craton

Jean H. Bedard and Lyal B. Harris
Neoarchean disaggregation and reassembly of the Superior Craton
Geology (Boulder) (November 2014) 42 (11): 951-954


The southern and western Superior craton of Canada (SWSC) is widely considered to be a tectonic collage accreted from north to south by multiple coeval subduction zones. We propose an alternative non-plate tectonic scenario where SWSC continental fragments are not exotic but derived by partial disaggregation of a heterogeneous older (Superior I) craton in response to a mantle overturn event that started at ca. 2780 Ma. During overturn, radial mantle outflow stretched and disaggregated the lithosphere to create the concentric Neoarchean fabric of the Superior craton, the southern part of which (SWSC) broke up into ribbon continents separated by oceanic tracts. Neoarchean calc-alkaline magmas record interaction between plume-related magma and older crust. A change in the mantle flow field at ca. 2720 Ma caused southward drift of the Northern Superior cratonic block as a result of mantle traction on its lithospheric keel, and SWSC terranes accreted to its leading edge.

ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 42
Serial Issue: 11
Title: Neoarchean disaggregation and reassembly of the Superior Craton
Affiliation: Geological Survey of Canada, Quebec City, QC, Canada
Pages: 951-954
Published: 201411
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 55
Accession Number: 2014-105165
Categories: Solid-earth geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch map
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Secondary Affiliation: Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, CAN, Canada
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201452
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