Wyoming on the run-Toward final Paleoproterozoic assembly of Laurentia
Paleoproterozoic suture zones mark the formation of supercontinent Nuna and provide a record of North America's assembly. Conspicuously young ages (ca. 1.715 Ga) associated with deformation in southeast Wyoming craton argue for a more protracted consolidation of Laurentia, long after peak metamorphism in the Trans-Hudson orogen. Using paleomagnetic data from the newly dated 1899 ± 5 Ma Sourdough mafic dike swarm (Wyoming craton), we compare the relative positions of Wyoming, Superior, and Slave cratons before, during, and after peak metamorphism in the Trans-Hudson orogen. With these constraints, we refine a collisional model for Laurentia that incorporates Wyoming craton after Superior and Slave cratons united, redefining the Paleoproterozoic sutures that bind southern Laurentia.
Kilian, T.M. (Taylor M.), Chamberlain, K.R. (Kevin R.), Evans, D.A. (David A.D.), Bleeker, W. (Wouter), & Cousens, B. (2016). Wyoming on the run-Toward final Paleoproterozoic assembly of Laurentia. Geology, 44(10), 863–866. doi:10.1130/G38042.1