Résolution Suite
Stratigraphic label: [ppro]rso
Map symbol: pPrso

First published: 30 January 2019
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Translation of original French




Informal subdivision(s)
Numbering does not necessarily reflect the stratigraphic position.
pPrso2 Mangerite
pPrso2a Garnet mangerite
pPrso1 Gabbronorite
        pPrso1a Garnet gabbronorite


Author: Hammouche et al., 2011
Age: Paleoproterozoic
Stratotype: None
Type area: Bonaventure Lake area (NTS sheet 23P02)
Geological province: Churchill Province
Geological subdivision: Mistinibi-Raude Lithotectonic Domain
Lithology: Mangerite and gabbronorite
Category: Lithodemic
Rank: Suite
Status: Formal
Use: Active




This unit was introduced under the term “Résolution Pluton” by Hammouche et al. (2011) in the Bonaventure Lake area to describe an intrusion circumscribed in the NE portion of this area (sheet 23P02). As a result of 2016 fieldwork and compilation, Charette et al. (2019) elevated this unit to the suite rank as it now includes other plutons farther north in the Advance Lake area (sheet 23P07).




The Résolution Suite is distinguished from neighbouring units by its very high magnetic signature. It consists of two units: gabbronorite (pPrso1) and mangerite (pPrso2). These two units are often observed on the same outcrops and it can be difficult to ascertain the proportions of the different facies with certainty. Contacts between gabbronorite and mangerite are locally lobbed on the metric scale. In addition, K-feldspar xenocrysts are observed in gabbronorite, suggesting mixing of various magmas. The lengthening of gabbronorite masses is parallel to regional structure.

Rocks of the Résolution Suite are generally massive, but decimetric corridors of intense deformation (mylonitization) are observed over several outcrops. Irregular-shaped, metric to decametric dykes and intrusions of massive fine-grained diorite and gabbro cut orthopyroxene rocks.



Résolution Suite 1 (pPrso1): Gabbronorite


Unit pPrso1 consists mainly of gabbronorite and locally of gabbro and hypersthene diorite. Gabbronorite and hypersthene diorite are fine grained, even grained, slightly foliated, non-magnetic and brownish grey. The rock is massive, but it can also be foliated, even gneissic in some areas. In that case, it contains millimetric to centimetric bands of melanocratic amphibolitized gabbro and garnet leucogabbronorite. Gabbronorite and diorite are partially recrystallized and contain ~45% ferromagnesian minerals, mainly clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene in almost equal proportions. Pyroxene is partially replaced by a brown hornblende. With the exception of finely disseminated opaque minerals, the rock contains few accessory minerals.

Gabbro is fine grained, very highly magnetic and dark grey. It is not deformed and plagioclase occurs regularly in laths. It contains 65% ferromagnesian minerals, mainly poikilitic green hornblende with plagioclase and opaque mineral inclusions. In addition, small amounts of biotite and apatite are observed.


Résolution Suite 1a (pPrso1a): Garnet Gabbronorite

In the Bonaventure Lake area (Hammouche et al., 2011), gabbronorite contains garnet poikiloblasts reaching 1 cm in diameter; it has been assigned to subunit pPrso1a. Garnet can make up 20% of the rock mode and generally forms a coronitic texture visible to the naked eye around pyroxene, plagioclase and amphibole.



Résolution Suite 2 (pPrso2): Mangerite

Unit pPrso2 is dominated by mangerite, but also includes charnockite and opdalite. Outside shear zones, these rocks are massive, medium to coarse grained and little or not altered. They have a purplish-grey and black speckled appearance and are highly magnetic. K-feldspar is locally N-S oriented, interpreted by Hammouche et al. (2011) as representing magmatic foliation. In thin section, quartz forms large zones recrystallized into subgrains. Ferromagnesian minerals make up 5-15% of the rock and form millimetric to centimetric clusters distributed heterogeneously. They include orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene variably uralitized, generally completely transformed into green hornblende. Some clusters contain biotite flakes that also appear to replace pyroxene. Accessory minerals are magnetite (2-4%) and apatite.


Résolution Suite 2a (pPrso2a): Garnet Mangerite

In the Bonaventure Lake area (Hammouche et al., 2011), mangerite is garnet rich (3-10%) and has been assigned to subunit pPrso2a.


Thickness and Distribution

The Résolution Suite consists of nine (9) lenticular intrusions (44 km2) located in the SW part of the Mistinibi-Raude Lithotectonic Domain, specifically in sheets 23P02 and 23I15. Plutons are between 1.5 km and 11 km long by 300 m to 1.6 km wide. Unit pPrso1 (20 km2) and subunit pPrso2a (14 km2) cover the largest areas, while unit pPros2 (2 km2) and subunit pPrso1a (8 km2) are more restricted.


No dating was done for the Résolution Suite. However, the elongated form of intrusions circumscribed in a network of faults bordering the Rivière George Shear Zone influence zone suggests syntectonic emplacement, and thus a Paleoproterozoic age.

Stratigraphic Relationship(s)

Few relationships have been observed in outcrop between intrusions of the Résolution Suite and rocks of the Zeni Complex. The latter seem to be cut locally by the Résolution Suite.


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20 août 2020