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TitleOrogenic comparison of structurally controlled gold systems of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt and central Newfoundland Appalachians: implications for Newfoundland gold potential and recurring tectonic drivers of gold mineralization
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AuthorHonsberger, IORCID logo; Bleeker, WORCID logo
SourceTargeted Geoscience Initiative: 2017 report of activities, volume 2; by Rogers, N (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8373, 2018 p. 65-70, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Targeted Geoscience Initiative: 2017 report of activities, volume 2
File formatpdf
ProvinceNewfoundland and Labrador; Quebec; Ontario
NTS1; 2; 11I; 11O; 11P; 12A; 12B; 12G; 12H; 12I; 12P/01; 12P/02; 12P/03; 12P/07; 12P/08; 12P/09; 32D; 42A/01; 42A/02; 42A/07; 42A/08; 42A/09; 42A/10; 42A/15; 42A/16
AreaKirkland Lake; Rouyn-Noranda; Matheson; Cadillac
Lat/Long WENS -60.0000 -52.0000 51.7500 46.0000
Lat/Long WENS -82.0000 -78.0000 49.0000 48.0000
Subjectseconomic geology; tectonics; structural geology; stratigraphy; mineral deposits; mineral exploration; mineral potential; mineral exploration; gold; ore mineral genesis; mineralization; ore controls; structural controls; models; tectonic setting; orogenies; sedimentary basins; clastics; basin evolution; magmatism; terranes; metamorphism; deformation; crustal studies; crustal structure; crustal evolution; lithosphere; bedrock geology; structural features; fault zones; faults; shear zones; lithology; Archean; Appalachians; Humber Zone; Notre Dame Subzone; Exploits Subzone; Dunnage Zone; Gander Zone; Avalon Zone; Meguma Zone; Gander River Ultrabasic Belt; Abitibi Greenstone Belt; Baie Verte-Brompton Line; Red Indian Line; Dog Bay Line; Victoria Lake Shear Zone; Phanerozoic; Paleozoic; Carboniferous; Devonian; Silurian; Ordovician; Cambrian; Precambrian; Proterozoic
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ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-5) Knowledge Management Coordination
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-5) Gold systems
Released2018 03 01
AbstractThe Abitibi greenstone belt and the emerging Paleozoic gold district across the central Newfoundland Appalachians both extend over similarly sized areas and are characterized by crustal-scale faults associated with remnants of synorogenic clastic basins. The aim of this study to investigate whether the orogenic model for structurally controlled Archean lode gold deposits developed for the Abitibi belt is applicable to Newfoundland and, by extension, other regions. Although the Abitibi belt has a substantially greater gold endowment than the Newfoundland belt, this research is focused on a compare and contrast exercise with respect to lithology, stratigraphy, structure, magmatism and tectonic setting. Identifying similarities between Archean and Paleozoic gold districts may identify recurring orogenic processes and key ingredients that are fundamental to the development of structurally controlled gold systems.
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The Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI) is directed towards providing next generation knowledge and methods to facilitate more effective targeting of buried mineral deposits. The program aims to enhance the effectiveness of exploration for Canada¿s major mineral systems by resolving foundational geoscience problems that constrain the geological processes responsible for the liberation metals from their source region, transportation of these ore metals and control their eventual deposition. TGI supports projects on gold, Ni-Cr-PGE, porphyry-style mineralization, uranium and volcanic- and sedimentary-hosted base metal mineralization ore systems, with each project divided into subprojects focused on resolving specific knowledge gaps by integrating data and studies from multiple sites across Canada. Herein, we present interim results and interpretations from a selection of the research activities currently being conducted under the auspices of TGI.

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