Studies of pre-Grenvillian (1.4–1.3 Ga) plutons offer insight into the dynamics of arc amalgamation and backarc rifting prior to continental collision during the Ottawan orogeny. The Central Metasedimentary Belt boundary thrust zone (CMBbtz) is a northeast-southwest–trending thrust zone consisting of metaplutonic thrust sheets enveloped in gneissic tectonites and calcitic-dolomitic marble. Tonalitic CMBbtz thrust sheets (Dysart and Redstone), located in the southern Ontario Grenville Province (Canada) are made up of upper amphibolite facies, foliation-concordant metatonalite (+ amphibole ± biotite ± accessory zircon and titanite) and amphibolite (± biotite ± clinopyroxene). These thrust sheets are thought to have formed and amalgamated onto the Laurentian margin prior to Ottawan orogeny. Major and trace element analyses show that the metatonalite rocks have calc-alkaline affinity and amphibolite rocks have both calc-alkaline and tholeiitic affinities, suggesting an arc environment. Laser ablation–inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) geochronology of zircon from the two thrust sheets yield igneous ages of ca. 1350–1300 Ma for diorite and granodiorite, ca. 1150–1100 Ma ages from Dysart tonalite interpreted to record metamorphic zircon growth, and a ca. 1086 Ma Ottawan metamorphic age from a Dysart amphibolite. The ca. 1150–1100 Ma metamorphic event has not been previously documented within these thrust sheets of the CMBbtz, but correlates well with thermal events in the allochthonous Parry Sound domain to the west, as do ca. 1350 Ma igneous ages of tonalite in both areas. These data support the hypothesis that the CMBbtz and Parry Sound domain may have been initially linked. Widespread ca. 1350 Ma crust along with distinct 1460–1400 Ma depleted mantle model ages (TDM) are also consistent with a shared genesis with the Dysart–Mount Holly suite in New York and Vermont, and support the correlation between the CMBbtz thrust sheets and the Adirondack Highlands–Mount Holly belt as a rifted arc. Alternatively, the CMBbtz thrust sheets and the Adirondack Highlands–Mount Holly belt may represent contemporaneous arc development at different parts of the convergent margin; however, we support the correlation between the CMBbtz thrust sheets and the Adirondack-Highlands–Mount Holly belt.
- Received 7 October 2012.
- Revision received 3 April 2013.
- Accepted 10 April 2013.
- © 2013 Geological Society of America