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A(40)Ar/(39) Ar study of oceanic and continental deformation processes during an oblique collision: Taconian orogeny in the Quebec reentrant of the Canadian Appalachians

Abstract : Two phases of penetrative deformation are documented in the Taconian hinterland of the Appalachian orogen in the Gaspé Peninsula. D1 is associated with the obduction of the Mont-Albert ophiolite onto the Paleozoic Laurentian margin, whereas D2 corresponds to later transport of allochthons across the margin. In the metamorphic sole, S1 is a SE-dipping mylonitic fabric with a downdip lineation. In underlying metabasalts, D1 is characterized by NW-overturned and recumbent folds, and a subhorizontal S1 schistosity with an ENE-trending orogen-parallel lineation. D2 is characterized by a S2 steeply dipping penetrative axial-planar crenulation cleavage and NE-trending F2 folds. The intraoceanic thrusting of ophiolite is dated at 465 Ma (early D1) whereas emplacement of ophiolite and subsequent deformation of the margin was recorded by isotopic signatures between 459 and 456 Ma (late D1). D2 is dated at 448 Ma throughout the hinterland. Taconian transpressive deformation is related to an oblique collision within the Quebec reentrant of the Canadian Appalachians during the Ordovician.
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Michel Malo, Gilles Ruffet, Alix Pincivy, Alain Tremblay. A(40)Ar/(39) Ar study of oceanic and continental deformation processes during an oblique collision: Taconian orogeny in the Quebec reentrant of the Canadian Appalachians. Tectonics, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2008, 27 (4), pp.TC4001. ⟨10.1029/2006TC002094⟩. ⟨insu-00322674⟩

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