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Provenance record from Mesoproterozoic-Cambrian sediments of Peary Land, North Greenland: Implications for the ice-covered Greenland Shield and Laurentian palaeogeography
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2009 (English)In: Precambrian Research, ISSN 0301-9268, E-ISSN 1872-7433, Vol. 170Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In North Greenland, Precambrian crystalline basement forms restricted outcrops bordering the Inland Ice. The coverage and nature of this basement is of key importance in understanding the evolution of the Greenland Shield and its palaeogeography. Specifically, the extent of the Grenville Orogen within Greenland is difficult to resolve due to overprinting deformation and ice cover. In an effort to remove some of this uncertainty, we have examined autochthonous sedimentary deposits in Peary Land. Detrital zircon crystals in siliciclastic units of the Mesoproterozoic Independence Fjord Group (Inuiteq So Formation) yield ages from 1814 to 3299 Ma. The detrital population in these samples contains significant Palaeoproterozoic peaks at c. 1900 and 1990 Ma and a subordinate Neoarchaean peak at c. 2700 Ma. Detrital zircon grains from the overlying Neoproterozoic (?Marinoan) Moraeneso Formation, range from 970 to 3970 Ma and include a substantial 1000-1400 Ma population that peaks at c. 1020 Ma. The (?Neoproterozoic-Lower Cambrian) Portfjeld Formation, higher in the stratigraphy, also contains late Palaeoproterozoic and late Mesoproterozoic peaks. The Palaeoproterozoic and older populations in the Moraeneso and Portfjeld formations are comparable to those in the Inuiteq So Formation. Within these formations, the similarity of both the detrital ages and palaeocurrent directions, predominantly to the NE, suggests a consistent provenance area sourced throughout the Proterozoic. This source region was, however, affected by Grenville events after the deposition of the Inuiteq So Formation. Granitoid clasts within diamictites of the Moraeneso Formation contain high uranium metamict zircon grains but yield best age estimates for unfoliated clasts of c. 2700 Ma. However, foliated clasts suggest c. 1250 Ma crystallization or overprinting. The age range of detritus and palaeocurrent directions is consistent with a dominant provenance from the Greenland Shield to the south-west. Potential sources include the Committee-Melville Orogen (Archaean), the Ellesmere-Inglefield Mobile Belt (Palaeoproterozoic) and the sub ice continuation of the Victoria Fjord complex (Archaean). A proximal source of late Mesoproterozoic detritus is unknown in North Greenland. It is conceivable that some of the sand-grade material may have been transported across the shield from a Grenville foreland basin, but the presence of cobble-sized clasts with indications of an Elzevirian history, strongly implies that the North Greenland basement was near to a zone of c. 1250 Ma reworking. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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2009. Vol. 170
Keyword [en]
Greenland Zircon Provenance Grenville Peary Land Elzevirian detrital zircon geochronology canadian arctic archipelago late neoproterozoic age u-pb geochronology grenville province west greenland ellesmere-island east greenland nagssugtoqidian orogen tectonic evolution Geology
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SWEDARCTIC 2004, Spetsbergen
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URN: urn:nbn:se:polar:diva-1910DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2008.11.006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:polar-1910DiVA: diva2:810400
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ISI Document Delivery No.: 433BP Times Cited: 22 Cited Reference Count: 131 Kirkland, C. L. Pease, V. Whitehouse, M. J. Ineson, J. R. Whitehouse, Martin/E-1425-2013 Whitehouse, Martin/0000-0003-2227-577X Swedish Polar Research Secretariat; Ymer-80; Danish Natural Science Research Council; research councils of Denmark, Norway, Sweden; Geological Survey of Finland; Swedish Museum of Natural History C.L.K. and J.R.I. wish to thank P. Frykman, J.S. Peel and L Stemmerik for companionship and insightful discussion in the field. Financial support by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat and Ymer-80 (to C.L.K.) is gratefully acknowledged. J.R.I. acknowledges the support of the Danish Natural Science Research Council for field studies and the Danish Polar Centre for logistic support. We thank reviewers R.A. Strachan and P.R. Dawes for constructive comments that greatly improved this manuscript. P.A. Cawood is thanked for his efficient editorial handling. The NORDSIM facility is funded by the research councils of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Geological Survey of Finland, and the Swedish Museum of Natural History. This is Nordsim Publication 213. 23 Elsevier science bv Amsterdam Geosciences, Multidisciplinary

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