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A geological province in northernmost Ellesmere Island, named Pearya by Schuchert (1923) and interpreted as the relict of a Precambrian borderland, is now regarded as an exotic continental fragment with an internal suture, i.e. as a composite terrane (Chapter 4). This chapter outlines its late Middle Proterozoic to Late Silurian record and briefly compares it with the records of the Franklinian and Caledonian mobile belts. Special emphasis is placed on Ordovician tectonic and plutonic events, which are important for the evaluation of Pearya’s relationships with these two regions.

Establishment of this history has been difficult because of sparse age...

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