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TitleVariations in zircon Hf isotopes support earliest Proterozoic Wilson cycle tectonics on the Canadian Shield
AuthorPartin, C A; Sylvester, P J
SourcePrecambrian Research vol. 280, 2016 p. 457-465,
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formathtml; pdf
ProvinceNunavut; Northwest Territories; Saskatchewan; Manitoba
NTS25; 26; 27; 35; 36; 37; 38; 446; 47; 56; 57; 64; 65; 66; 74; 75; 76; 84; 85; 86; 95; 96
AreaBaffin Island; Boothia Peninsula; Melville Peninsula
Lat/Long WENS-125.0000 -56.0000 76.0000 56.0000
Subjectsgeochronology; tectonics; hafnium; isotopes; zircon dates; uranium lead dates; uranium thorium dates; neodymium samarium dates; provenance; magmatic rocks; orogenies; Penrhyn Group; Rae Craton; Churchill Province; Piling Group; Lake Harbour Group; Snowbird Tectonic Zone; Beaverlodge Domain; Arrowsmith orogeny; Proterozoic
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals
AbstractSedimentary basins provide an archive of magmatic and tectonic events in their detrital zircon record, which can be dated and coupled with Hf isotopic data to reveal secular changes in the production of juvenile and evolved magmatism and track the history of orogenic events. The Rae craton, which forms a substantial portion of the northern Canadian Shield, experienced successive orogenic events along its margins during most of the Paleoproterozoic Era. Yet, some of these orogenic events are poorly defined and their details remain controversial. We present coupled detrital zircon U-Pb age and ?Hf data from Paleoproterozoic metasedimentary successions of the eastern Rae craton. The zircon preserve an archive of ~600 million yr of magmatic and tectonic history on the Rae craton and its periphery. The U-Pb and Hf isotopic data indicate that zircon provenance was dominantly from the northern and western Rae craton, where magmatic and tectonic activity was focused during the ~2.5 to 2.3 Ga Arrowsmith orogeny and the ~2.0 to ~1.93 Ga Taltson and Thelon events. Our detrital zircon dataset holds a more complete record of these Proterozoic orogenic events than is currently defined from known and dated crustal rocks on the Rae craton and shows that juvenile magmatism is more common than current models for either event suggest. Notably, an inverted U or horseshoe-shaped Hf array (?15.5 to +5.0) in our zircon dataset reflects a Wilson cycle that began in the earliest Paleoproterozoic on the Rae craton.