U-Pb, Rb-Sr, and K-Ar isotopic constraints for ductile deformation and related metamorphism in the Teslin suture zone, Yukon-Tanana terrane, south-central Yukon

V. L. Hansen, J. K. Mortensen, R. L. Armstrong

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Abstract

The Teslin suture zone (TSZ) comprises a portion of the Yukon - Tanana terrane (YT), in the Yukon, formed by steeply dipping layering and L-S tectonite foliation. The TSZ forms the fundamental tectonic boundary between rocks deposited along the ancient margin of North America and allochthonous terranes to the west. TSZ tectonites evolved during initial penetrative dip-slip deformation (Dds) and later dextral strike-slip shear (Dss) along steep, 1-3 km wide shear zones. Several workers have speculated that the TSZ and related YT heterogeneous ductile deformation and associated metamorphism are Devonian to Mississippian in age and related to the intrusion of a similar-age orthogneiss throughout the Yukon and Alaska. However, recent structural and metamorphic studies of the TSZ provide evidence contradicting this view. New isotopic evidence, presented herein, indicates that TSZ dynamothermal metamorphism was cooled by Early Jurassic time, that it cannot be related to Devonian-Mississippian and Permian granitic intrusion, and that it predates Cretaceous plutonism. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2224-2235
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Earth Sciences
Volume26
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

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