Late Paleoproterozoic (geon 18 and 17) reactivation of the Neoarchean Great Lakes Tectonic Zone, northern Michigan, USA: Evidence from kinematic analysis, thermobarometry and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology

Eric Tohver, D.K. Holm, B.A. Van Der Pluijm, E.J. Essene, F.W. Cambray

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    The Neoarchean Great Lakes Tectonic Zone in the midcontment of North America exerted a strong control during the Proterozoic stabilization of the Superior craton. In northern Michigan, this zone underlies the Paleoproterozoic Marquette synclinorium, a Penokean compressional feature that was reactivated during post-Penokean orogenic collapse and gneiss dome formation. Early north-side up motion along steep reverse faults under lower greenschist facies conditions was related to basin inversion of the Marquette trough sediments during Penokean orogenesis. In the western portion of the Marquette synclinorium, these early Penokean fabrics are overprinted by a high-grade event recorded by synkinernatic mineral growth in high-grade shear zones. These late shear zones accommodate S-side up motion with Archeart basement uplifted relative to Proterozoic supracrustal sequences, activity related to the emplacement of the ca. 1800 Ma Humboldt Granite. Metamorphic amphiboles from the center of a circular pattern of metarnorphic i,ograds (the Republic node) record plateau ages of similar to 1730 Ma with progressively older ages across the Marquette synclinorium away from the central metamorphic high. Model Archean ages are preserved in the most distal amphibole samples north of the Marquette syncline, reflecting the preservation of amphibole crystallization in the biotite zone. Mica ages record complete resetting and a similar age progression with the youngest ages (similar to 1715 Ma) in the central metamorphic high and older ages (similar to 1806 Ma) towards the margin. Tbermobarometry indicates peak temperatures of similar to 620 degrees C for the central sillimanite zone decreasing to similar to 500 degrees C for the garnet zone, and maximum pressures of 300-400 MPa (GASP and GRIPS assemblages). Collectively, these characteristics are interpreted to reflect two separate reactivation episodes of the GLTZ during Penokean accretion (Marquette syncline formation) and post-Penokean formation of granite-cored gneiss domes (collapse). (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)144-168
    JournalPrecambrian Research
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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