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The origin of mafic-ultramafic bodies within the northern Dashwoods Subzone, Newfoundland Appalachians

Lissenberg, Cornelis Johan, McNicholl, V. J. and van Staal, C. R. 2006. The origin of mafic-ultramafic bodies within the northern Dashwoods Subzone, Newfoundland Appalachians. Atlantic Geology 42 (1) , pp. 1-12.

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Abstract

Mafic-ultramafic bodies of possible ophiolitic origin are widespread within the northern part of the Dashwoods Subzone of the Newfoundland Appalachians. The bodies fall into two types; the first consists of relatively undeformed, fresh, layered gabbroic bodies, which contrasts with the second that consists of metamorphosed ultramafic lithologies. Two of the largest gabbroic bodies yielded U-Pb zircon ages of 432.4±1.0 and 429.9±1.2 Ma. Their Silurian age refutes an ophiolitic origin, and, along with their hydrous nature and fresh character, indicates that they formed in the widespread Early Silurian igneous event that affected both the Dashwoods and Notre Dame subzones. Our new data further substantiate the bimodal character of the Silurian event. The ultramafic bodies are inferred to be of ophiolitic origin. Those that occur in the Dashwoods subzone are interpreted to be related to the Lushs Bight oceanic tract, whereas those in the Lloyds River Fault Zone are correlated with the Annieopsquotch ophiolite belt.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Q Science > QE Geology
Publisher: Acadia University
ISSN: 0843-5561
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/9913

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