Ramusio Granite
Stratigraphic label: [mpro]ram
Map symbol: mPram

First published: 29 January 2019
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Translation of original French

Informal subdivision(s)
Numbering does not necessarily reflect the stratigraphic position.
mPram1 Even-grained granite
    mPram1a K-feldspar porphyritic granite
Author: Taner, 1992; Hammouche et al., 2012
Age: Mesoproterozoic
Stratotype: None
Type area: Zeni Lake area (NTS sheet 13L13)
Geological province: Churchill Province and Nain Province (Labrador)
Geological subdivision: Mistinibi-Raude Lithotectonic Domain
Lithology: Granite
Category: Lithodemic
Rank: Lithodeme
Status: Formal
Use: Active


This granitic unit was first mapped by Taner (1992) who introduced it as the “Ramusio Lake Intrusion” (unit F9). This lithodeme was renamed “Ramusio Granite” by Hammouche et al. (2012) to highlight its lithological composition. The unit is located SW of Ramusio Lake (sheet 13L13), from which it is named.



This circular intrusion differs from the surrounding gneiss, volcanic rocks and intrusive rocks by low magnetic susceptibility (Dumont et al., 2010). The Ramusio Granite consists of only one granite unit.


Ramusio Granite 1 (mPram1): Even-Grained Granite

Unit mPram1 granite is pink, medium grained and contains biotite with some hornblende and fluorine. Biotite generally accounts for <5% of the rock and is generally chloritized. Locally, ferromagnesian minerals can make up to 30% of the rock. Other accessory minerals seen in thin sections are apatite, zircon, sphene, allanite, muscovite and magnetite. Plagioclase crystals are slightly sericitized. Although there is no evidence of deformation on the rock, many kinks, crystals with undulatory extinction, sutured contacts and multiple fractures are observed in thin sections.


Ramusio Granite 1a (mPram1a): K-Feldspar Porphyritic Granite

Subunit mPram1a is distinguished by the presence of 5-20% euhedral K-feldspar phenocrystals (0.5-3 cm). Except for the presence of these phenocrystals, the mineralogical composition and general appearance are similar to those of unit mPram1.


Thickness and Distribution

The Ramusio Granite forms a circular mass ~13 km in diameter in the SE sector of the Mistinibi-Raude Lithotectonic Domain (Charette et al., 2019), at the boundary between Quebec and Labrador. Even-grained granite (mPram1; ~29 km2) surrounds the core of the intrusion formed by K-feldspar porphyritic granite (mPram1a; ~49 km2).


A granitic sample of subunit mPram1a (10-JG-1733-A) was collected for dating in the Zeni Lake area (Hammouche et al., 2012). Zircon U-Pb analyses yielded a Mesoproterozoic crystallization age around 1482 Ma (David et al., 2012).

Isotopic System Mineral Crystallization Age (Ma) (+) (-) Reference(s)
U-Pb Zircon 1481.7 4.3 4.3 David et al., 2012

Stratigraphic Relationship(s)

The Ramusio Granite cuts Archean to Paleoproterozoic rocks of the Advance, Jannière, Zeni and Mistinibi complexes. Metric enclaves of host rocks (foliated to mylonitic tonalite and amphibolite) are observed in subunit mPram1a.


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Author(s) Title Year of Publication Hyperlink (EXAMINE or Other)
DAVID, J. – SIMARD, M. – BANDYAYERA, D. – GOUTIER, J. – HAMMOUCHE, H. – PILOTE, P. – LECLERC, F. – DION, C. Datations U-Pb effectuées dans les Provinces du Supérieur et de Churchill en 2010-2011. Ministère de l’Énergie, des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, Québec; RP 2012-01, 33 pages. 2012 RP 2012-01
DUMONT, R. – FORTIN, R. – HEFFORD, S. – DOSTALER, F. Série des cartes géophysiques, parties des SNRC 13L, 13M, 23I, 23J, 23P, Levés géophysiques : Lac Ramusio et Lac Attikamagen, Région de Schefferville. Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources, Québec; DP 2010-07, 6 pages, 10 plans. 2010 DP 2010-07
HAMMOUCHE, H. – LEGOUIX, C. – GOUTIER, J. – DION, C. Géologie de la région du lac Zéni. Ministère des Ressources naturelles, Québec; RG 2012-02, 35 pages, 1 plan. 2012 RG 2012-02
CHARETTE, B. – LAFRANCE, I. – VANIER, M.-A. –  GODET, A. Domaine de Mistinibi-Raude, sud-est de la Province de Churchill, Nunavik, Québec, Canada : synthèse de la géologie. Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, Québec. BG 2019-07. 2019 BG 2019-07
TANER, M.F. Reconnaissance géologique de la région du lac Juillet, Territoire du Nouveau-Québec. Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources, Québec; MB 91-19, 132 pages, 7 cartes. 1992 MB 91-19
12 août 2020