The 1200-km-long Quetico subprovince consists of monotonous metagraywacke, with derived migmatite and granite, in thrust and/or transcurrent fault contact with the adjacent Wabigoon and Wawa metavolcanic subprovinces. Imbrication of sedimentary wedges derived from volcanic arcs to the north and south produced a 10-100-km-wide, stratigraphically north-facing pile. Thermal relaxation in the 20 m.y. following accretion of the southern arc resulted in melting of the accretionary pile to produce peraluminous granite and associated low-pressure metamorphism.

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