BASEMENT AMPHIBOLITES FROM THE SOUTHERN PRIEST RIVER COMPLEX NEAR COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO
The amphibolites at Cougar Gulch have basaltic protoliths but exhibit distinct geochemical characteristics. Group 1 amphibolites are Neoarchean (2.65 Ga) and exhibit enriched REE values (chondrite normalized) with moderately steep, negatively sloping LREE:HREE patterns. These Neoarchean amphibolites have distinctive negative anomalies in Nb, Ta, P, Ti, and Eu. The Group 2 amphibolites are not dated but have been geochemically correlated to amphibolites found within the overlying Hauser Lake Gneiss, and the Mesoproterozoic Moyie sills. The Group 2 amphibolites are less enriched than Group 1 and have relatively flat REE patterns with no negative Eu anomaly. Group 3 amphibolites (undated) are weakly enriched in REE’s (compared to Group 2) and show no negative Eu anomaly but have positive sloping (LREE:HREE) trends.
Two subrounded amphibolite inclusions (0.5-1.0 m) within the 2.65 Ga Pend Oreille Gneiss were sampled for geochemistry. One exhibits trace element characteristics similar to the Group 1 amphibolites at Cougar Gulch. The second appears to be correlative to the Group 2 Moyie sill type amphibolites at Cougar Gulch.
Group 1 amphibolites are interpreted as lower crustal inclusions within the Paleoproterozoic granites of the Cougar Gulch suite. Group 2 amphibolites are likely inclusions of "Moyie sill” feeder dikes that intruded pre-Belt basement at 1.47 Ga and were later tectonically dismembered and interleaved during core complex development. The undated Group 3 amphibolites are derived from a currently unrecognized source.