Tectonometamorphic history of mid-crustal rocks at Aishihik Lake, southwest Yukon

Date created: 
2017-04-12
Identifier: 
etd10045
Keywords: 
Yukon-Tanana terrane
Monazite geochronology
Canadian Cordillera
Garnet isopleth thermobarometry
Petrochronology
Abstract: 

Field mapping, petrography, thermodynamic modelling, and U-Pb (monazite and zircon) and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology reveal the tectonometamorphic history of polydeformed, amphibolite-facies rocks near Aishihik Lake, Yukon. Detrital zircon U-Pb ages suggest that these rocks are correlative to the Snowcap assemblage of the Yukon Tanana terrane. A penetrative regional foliation (S1) developed during the late Paleozoic, as S1 is cross-cut by a late Permian pluton. Permian plutons also exhibit less strain than Mississippian plutons near Aishihik Lake. The main foliation (S2) reflects west-verging, ductile shear (D2) during amphibolite facies metamorphism. Dating of Low-Y metamorphic monazite constrains the timing of D2 to 200-190 Ma. Peak T and P during D2 were 640-650 °C and ~7 kbar, respectively. High-Y monazite ages date regional decompression at ca. 188 Ma. 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology results indicate regional cooling through muscovite closure at ca. 175 Ma, whereas ca. 126 Ma biotite may reflect cooling following east-verging Jura-Cretaceous deformation (D3).

Document type: 
Thesis
Rights: 
This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Dan Gibson
Department: 
Science: Department of Earth Sciences
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.Sc.
Statistics: