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TitreEarly Paleoproterozoic supracrustal assemblages of the Rae domain, Nunavut, Canada: intracratonic basin development during supercontinent break-up and assembly
AuteurRainbird, R H; Davis, W J; Pehrsson, S; Wodicka, N; Rayner, N; Skulski, T
SourcePrecambrian Research vol. 181, no. 1-4, 2010 p. 167-186,
Séries alt.Secteur des sciences de la Terre, Contribution externe 20100055
Documentpublication en série
Mediapapier; en ligne; numérique
SNRC56D; 66A
Lat/Long OENS-98.0000 -94.0000 65.0000 64.0000
Sujetscadre tectonique; interprétations tectoniques; évolution tectonique; tectonique de plaques; bassins intracratoniques; analyses stratigraphiques; corrélations stratigraphiques; Domaine de Rae ; Province de Churchill ; Groupe de Ketyet River ; tectonique; géochronologie; stratigraphie; Précambrien; Protérozoïque
Illustrationslocation maps; stratigraphic columns; tables
ProgrammeUranium, GEM : La géocartographie de l'énergie et des minéraux
Résumé(disponible en anglais seulement)
The basal Paleoproterozoic supracrustal succession of the Churchill Province in northern Canada comprises sedimentary basins overlying the Archean Rae and Hearne domains. The Rae domain supracrustal succession (e.g. Amer, Ketyet River, Chantrey and Montresor groups) comprises four lithotectonic assemblages which include, in ascending stratigraphic position: (1) shallow marine-fluvial quartzarenite with mainly Neoarchean detrital zircons of local provenance; (2) shallow marine quartzarenite with mainly local provenance that locally includes carbonates±maficvolcanic flows; (3) abrupt but conformable transition to basinal dark shales and overlying platformal carbonates that pass upward into siltstones and sandstones that record gradual emergence of the platform. Sandstones within this assemblage display a substantially different detrital zircon provenance signature dominated by early Paleoproterozoic zircons, with grains as young as 1.95 Ga; (4) unconformably to conformably overlying immature marine sandstones, including turbidites, with a significant component of 2.0–1.9 Ga detritus probably derived from a combination of local and distal sources. The thickness and relative compositional maturity of the basal lithotectonic assemblage 1 records a protracted period of enhanced weathering on a slowly subsiding but stable supercontinent (e.g. Kenorland). This was followed by mafic volcanism and marine transgression, consistent with partial rifting of the Rae domain and crustal extension attending supercontinent break-up (lithotectonic assemblage 2). Strata of lithotectonic assemblage 3 record basin flooding and deepening followed by platformal sedimentation along the margins of extended continental blocks. Assemblage 4 is interpreted to represent deposition in foreland basins during early amalgamation of Laurentia (part of Nuna) at ca. 1.9 Ga. The stratigraphy and detrital zircon geochronology of the Hurwitz Group, which overlies the Hearne domain, is broadly similar to the supracrustal sequence of the Rae domain, but differs through the presence of basal diamictites and lack of 2.5 Ga detritus, a major local source in the Rae. Our data suggest that the Rae and Hearne domains were assembled together by max. 1.91 Ga (i.e. max. age of deposition of the uppermost Hurwitz and Amer groups). The Paleoproterozoic stratigraphic assemblage framework for the Churchill Province compares well with that of other cratons derived from break-up of Kenorland and ultimately amalgamated in Nuna. Examples from Laurentia include supracrustal rocks that overlie the southern margin of the Superior Province (Southern Province, e.g. Huron Supergroup, Animikie Group, Marquette Range Supergroup, Whitewater Group and Mistassini-Otish Group). The Paleoproterozoic assemblages of the Southern and Churchill provinces exhibit first-order stratigraphic similarities that indicate a shared history of stable continental sedimentation followed by rifting, basin opening and basin closure.