Navarino Island is located in the southernmost part of the Fuegian Andes, south of the Beagle Channel. Its geological record documents the complex tectonic history of Tierra del Fuego, which includes the opening and closure of the Rocas Verdes basin, Cordillera arc collision and subsequent subduction processes. The geology of the island is mostly composed of the Cretaceous Yahgán Formation, a marine metasedimentary sequence, which is intruded by diverse plutons that are mostly exposed on the northwestern tip of the island. We herein present a new dataset that shows the presence of three Cretaceous–earliest Paleocene magmatic suites of active margin magmatism emplaced during the early stage of the Fuegian Andes, which are referred to as (1) the Dientes de Navarino Microdioritic Sills, a suite of pre-tectonic microdioritic sills that formed at c. 101–97 Ma; (2) the Castores Plutonic Complex, a series of pre- to syntectonic gabbroic to tonalitic plutons emplaced at c. 90–87 Ma, and (3) the Samantha Monzonites, a suite of isolated monzonitic to monzodioritic post-tectonic plutons that formed at c. 66–65 Ma. These distinct magmatic episodes are recognized by field observations, geological mapping, petrography and whole-rock geochemistry integrated with amphibole and biotite 40Ar/39Ar and U–Pb LA-ICP-MS. The geochemical compositions of these rocks are consistent with a continental arc setting that existed during the interval c. 101–65 Ma. Whereas the three pulses spatially overlap in Navarino Island, the arc magmatism shows a migration (or expansion) throughout the Late Cretaceous. The locus of the arc then migrates at c. 68–66 Ma towards the SW. We suggest that this trenchward migration at c. 68–66 Ma may be associated with a change in the subduction angle. The three Cretaceous–earliest Paleocene plutonic pulses recorded in Navarino Island formed during the early stages of development of the Fuegian Andes, and are pre-, syn- and post-tectonic with respect to a major compressional event caused by the collision and obduction of the back-arc Rocas Verdes oceanic floor.

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