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TitleIntegrated geodatabase study of the complexly-deformed U-hosting Paleoproterozoic Amer Group, Nunavut
AuthorCalhoun, L J; White, J C; Jefferson, C W; Tschirhart, V; Patterson, J G
SourceGeological Association of Canada-Mineralogical Association of Canada, Joint Annual Meeting, Programs with Abstracts vol. 35, 2012 p. 19-20
Year2012
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20130394
PublisherGeological Association of Canada
MeetingGAC MAC Annual Meeting; St-Johns; CA; May 27-29, 2012
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediapaper
RelatedThis publication is related to Calhoun, L; White, J C; Jefferson, C W; Patterson, J; Tschirhart, V; (2014). Integrated geodatabase study of the complexly deformed U-hosting Paleoproterozoic Amer Group, Nunavut, Geological Survey of Canada, Scientific Presentation no. 19
File formatppt
ProvinceNunavut
NTS66H/06; 66H/07; 66H/08; 66H/09; 66H/10; 66H/11
Lat/Long WENS -97.1167 -96.2833 65.6167 65.4167
Subjectsradioactive minerals; stratigraphy; structural geology; geophysics; stratigraphic analyses; stratigraphic correlations; structural features; structural interpretations; structural analyses; geophysical surveys; aeromagnetic surveys; aeromagnetic interpretation; uranium; granites; faults; syenites; lithostratigraphy; Archean; Amer Group; Thelon Basin; Amer Belt; Kethet River Group; Oora Lake Formation; Showing Lake Formation; Itza Lake Formation; Three Lakes Formation; Five Mile Lake Formation; Aluminum River Formation; Resort Lake Formation; Ayagaq Lake Formation; Proterozoic; Precambrian
ProgramUranium, GEM: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals
AbstractThe uranium-hosting Paleoproterozoic Amer Group, central Nunavut, comprises four dominantly sedimentary sequences (Ps1 through Ps4) deposited unconformably on Archean basement of the Rae sub-province. Ps1 is characterized by Ayagaq fm. quartzites formed in a stable cratonic and/or marine setting, with minor conglomerate and/or a distinctive schist at its base. PS2 is a sharply transgressive sequence of graphitic siltstone (Resort Lake fm.) shallowing up to dolostone (Aluminium River fm.) and intercalated to overlying porphyritic basalt (Five Mile Lake fm.). Ps3 comprises three units recording an overall coarsening- then shallowing-upward sequence involving siltstone to feldspathic arenite (Three Lakes, Oora Lake and Showing Lake formations). Ps3 is the primary host of U-mineralization in this region. Ps4 arkose (Itza Lake fm.) is preserved as isolated occurrences above a profound unconformity. The Amer Group is intensely deformed. D1 produced multiple transposition (three fold generations) and displacement along discrete detachments resulting in sub-horizontal axial surfaces and tectono-stratigraphy. D2 generated the regional, generally upright synclinoria, and is separated from D1 by the Ps3-Ps4 unconformity. Late D3 folds with sub-horizontal axial surfaces are rare. The region is transected by arrays of ENE- and NW- trending faults. Elucidation of the structure of Ps3 units is central to determining the distribution of U-mineralization in the Amer Group. The difficulties of dealing with a polydeformed terrane are exacerbated by the absence of exposure in critical areas. This problem has been overcome by integrating detailed outcrop examination with high-resolution aeromagnetic data, and legacy drill hole data. The analysis is dependent on the strong, but distinct magnetic responses of the euhedral disseminated magnetite-bearing fine siliciclastic Three Lakes and Showing Lakes formations that, in preserved stratigraphic sequences, are separated by the Oora Lake fm. The aforesaid approach has enabled identification of a consistent, yet distinctly different geometry for the Amer Group "basins". In contrast to the apparent straightforward structure of the regional D2 synclinoria, it is demonstrated that the D1 tectono-stratigraphy forms large, regional recumbent structures masked by the lack of outcrop, but for which evidence occurs at all scales and within separate data sets i.e. field, geophysics, drill hole. The occurrence in some areas of elongate "cigar-shaped" mineralized zones reflects U-concentration within D1 hinge zones coaxially overprinted by D2. The success of this study in integrating diverse data bases, especially high-resolution geophysics and detailed outcrop mapping, argues for the future extension of such approaches.
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