Abrat Suite
Stratigraphic label: [ppro]aba
Map symbol: pPaba

First published: 21 March 2018
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Informal subdivision(s)
Numbering does not necessarily reflect the stratigraphic position.
pPaba1 Garnet white granite
Author:Mathieu et al., 2018
Reference section: 
Type area:Koroc River and Point Le Droit area (NTS sheets 24I and 24P)
Geological province:Churchill Province
Geological subdivision:Core Zone
Lithology:Ultrametamorphic granite






The Abrat Suite was introduced in the Koroc River and Point Le Droit area (Mathieu et al., 2018). As part of the synthesis of the southeastern Churchill Province (SECP), it was extended in the Henrietta Lake and Brisson Lake areas (Lafrance et al., 2015, 2016).




The Abrat Suite includes only one unit of garnet white granite (pPaba1), considered to represent the final product (ultrametamorphic granite) of melting of the Lake Harbour Group paragneiss (pPhb). It contains many paragneiss enclaves and horizons belonging to the Lake Harbour group. 



Abrat Suite 1 (pPaba1): Garnet White Granite


Unit pPaba1 is a white ultrametamorphic rock, coarse grained, non-magnetic and mostly granitic, locally tonalitic. It can be massive or foliated, and foliation is defined by the alignment of mafic minerals. These represent between 3 and 10% of mineral phases and include garnet, biotite, muscovite and commonly sillimanite. Garnet occurs as small subhedral grains or subrounded poikiloblasts, 2 to 8 mm, cracked and with quartz and feldspar inclusions. Biotite is brown, often forms schlierens or clusters and contains numerous zircon inclusions and opaque mineral laminas. Sillimanite occurs as small, clustered prisms or in flexuous clusters, often associated with micas. Muscovite occurs as small flakes on the edges of plagioclase grains or associated with biotite. Intergrowths between muscovite and sillimanite have been observed on several thin sections. Felsic minerals have an igneous appearance but also have indented rims and reduced grain size between large grains. Quartz (25-30%) forms large, anhedral zones with undulatory and sub-grain extinction. Feldspar also occur as anhedral zones, but also as finer-grained recrystallized clusters. Microcline (3-30%) is perthitic and plagioclase is weakly sericitized. The rock contains few accessory minerals, mainly epidote and apatite. 



Thickness and Distribution

The Abrat Suite forms a series of elongated intrusions less than 2 km wide by 1 to 18 km long. It is limited to the west by the Moonbase Shear Zone (MSZ), which ends to the north in the Rivière George Shear Zone (RGSZ), and to the east in the Blumath Deformation Corridor (BDC). It is more prevalent in the Koroc River and Point Le Droit areas (Mathieu et al., 2018), where metasedimentary sequences of the Lake Harbour Group (pPhb) are most important 



Stratigraphic Relationship(s)


The whitish intrusions of the Abrat Suite are considered to represent ultrametamorphic granite derived from melting of paragneiss of the Lake Harbour Group (pPhb). They are similar to the leucosome observed in metasedimentary rocks and contain numerous paragneiss enclaves and horizons, in which they are emplaced as decimetric to kilometric sills and intrusions.






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Author(s)TitleYear of PublicationHyperlink (EXAMINE or Other)
LAFRANCE, I. – BANDYAYERA, D. – BILODEAU, C.Géologie de la région du lac Henrietta (SNRC 24H). Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, Québec; RG 2015-01, 62 pages.2015RG 2015-01
LAFRANCE, I. – BANDYAYERA, D. – CHARETTE, B. – BILODEAU, C. – DAVID, J.Géologie de la région du lac Brisson (SNRC 24A). Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, Québec; RG 2015-05, 61 pages.2016RG 2015-05
MATHIEU, G. – LAFRANCE, I. – VANIER, M.A.Géologie de la région de pointe Le Droit, sud-est de la Province de Churchill, Nunavik, Québec, Canada. Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, Québec.2018Bulletin géologiQUE





12 novembre 2018