COLLISIONAL OROGENESIS AT CA. 2.35 GA IN THE RAE DOMAIN, WESTERN CHURCHILL PROVINCE, NUNAVUT, CANADA
The absence of ca. 2.35 Ga plutonic rocks, together with a clockwise P-T-t path and porphyroblast growth late during D1 contractional strain, collectively point to metamorphism as a consequence of crustal thickening. The compressional forces that drove ca. 2.35 Ga thickening may reflect the far-field effects of collisional orogenesis following a period of continental arc magmatism on the western Rae margin (cf. Hoffman, 1988). This is supported by 1) ca. 2.4 and 2.35 Ga EMPA monazite ages that we have determined from upper-amphibolite paragneiss in the Queen Maud block; 2) ca. 2.4-2.3 Ga granitoid rocks of the Taltson basement complex (e.g. McNicoll et al. 2000; Bostock et al. 1991); and 3) the syn-collisional chemistry of ca. 2.3 Ga granitoids of the Beaverlodge domain (Hartlaub et al. 2003). Tectonometamorphism at ca. 2.35 Ga across the Rae domain may have initiated intracratonic deposition of the lower Hurwitz Group, with extension not becoming established in the Rae before the onset of ca. 2.19 Ga mafic magmatism.
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