Taking a Look at the Lynne Deposit

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The Lynne deposit lies within the early Proterozoic Penokean fold belt of the southern province of the Precambrian Shield. The fold belt is divided into two major terranes in Wisconsin (Sims 1989). The first is the northern Penokean terrane, which contains major oxide facies iron formations and granitic intrusions (DeMatties 1989). The second major terrane, separated from the Penokean terrane by the Niagara fault zone, is the Wisconsin magmatic terrane, characterized by a volcanic island arc-basin assemblage (Sims 1989). This southern terrane lacks major oxide facies iron formations, but contains abundant tonalite-granite intrusions (DeMatties 1989). The Wisconsin magmatic terrane is further subdivided into the northern Pembine-Wausau terrane and the southern Marshfield terrane, which are separated by the Eau Pleine shear zone, a north-dipping subduction zone (Sims 1989). Sims et al. (1989) synthesized U-Pb zircon ages for the Pembine-Wausau terrane. Sims concluded that the volcanic rocks were generated from around 1889 to 1860 Ma as island arcs and closed back-arc basins above the south-dipping subduction zone (Niagara fault zone). Granitoid rocks in the terrane, emplaced from around 1870 to 1760 Ma, are mainly granodiorite and tonalite but include gabbro, diorite, and granite. These developed as island arcs above the Eau Pleine shear zone. The Niagara fault zone contains a relict ophiolite, suggesting that the rocks in the Pembine-Wausau terrane probably accumulated on

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