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Deformation history of the Naraku Batholith, Mt Isa Inlier, Australia: implications for pluton ages and geometries from structural study of the Dipvale Granodiorite and Levian Granite

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Plutons of the Naraku Batholith were emplaced into Proterozoic metasediments of the northern portion of the Eastern Fold Belt of the Mt Isa Inlier during two intrusive episodes approximately 200 million years apart. Structural relationships and geochronological data suggest that the older plutons ( ca 1750 Ma) are contemporaneous with granites of the Wonga Batholith to the west. The Dipvale Granodiorite and the Levian Granite represent these older intrusive phases of the Naraku Batholith, and both contain an intense tectonic foliation, S 1 , which is interpreted to have formed during the north‐south shortening associated with D 1 of the Isan Orogeny. The geometry of S 1 form surfaces at the southern end of the Dipvale Granodiorite, and of the previously unrecognised sheeted contact, defines a macroscopic, steeply south‐southwest‐plunging antiform, which was produced by the regional D 2 of the Isan Orogeny. S 1 form surfaces in the Levian Granite define open F 2 folds with wavelengths of several hundred metres. The structural age of emplacement of the Dipvale Granodiorite and the Levian Granite is interpreted to be pre‐ or syn‐ the regional D 1 . An intense foliation present in some of the younger ( ca 1505 Ma) granites that comprise the bulk of the Naraku Batholith is interpreted to represent S 3 of the Isan Orogeny. Foliations commonly have similar styles and orientations in both the pre‐D 1 and younger plutons. This emphasises the simplicity with which regional fabrics can be, and probably have been, miscorrelated in the Eastern Fold Belt, and that the classification of granites in general on the basis of structural and geometric criteria alone is fraught with danger.
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Keywords: Mt Isa Inlier; Naraku Batholith; deformation; geochronology; granite; structure

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Delta Gold Ltd, PO Box 152, Kalgoorlie, WA 6430, Australia 2: Economic Geology Research Unit, School of Earth Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld 4811, Australia 3: 2/53 Mango Avenue, Mundingburra, Qld 4812, Australia 4: Centre for Global Metallogeny, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6907, Australia

Publication date: February 1, 2001

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