Abitibi greenstone belt

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The Abitibi greenstone belt is a 2,800-to-2,600-million-year-old greenstone belt that spans across the OntarioQuebec border in Canada.[1] It is mostly made of volcanic rocks, but also includes ultramafic rocks, mafic intrusions, granitoid rocks, and early and middle Precambrian sediments.[2]

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The Abitibi greenstone belt is one of the world's largest Archean greenstone belts. It represents a series of subterranes that exhibit similar geological, geochemical, and isotopical signatures similar to those formed during the evolution of paired active-arc-back-arc systems. The huge 2,707-to-2,696-million-year-old Blake River Megacaldera Complex is within the belt.

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  1. ^ Cater, D.F. (1991). "Macassa Mine Geology". Society of Economic Geologists. Archean Gold Deposits of the Matachewan-Kirkland Lake-Larder Lake Area, Ontario, Canada (Guidebook Series Vol. II): 9–10.
  2. ^ Archean greenstone belt[permanent dead link] Retrieved on 2007-09-26