Jean-Marie Intrusive Suite
Stratigraphic label: [mpro]ijm
Map symbol: mPijm

First published: 10 May 2021
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Informal subdivision(s)
Numbering does not necessarily reflect the stratigraphic position.
Author(s): Moukhsil and El Bourki, 2021
Age: Mesoproterozoic
Stratotype: Reference outcrop 2020-AM-029
Type area: Area between Jean-Marie and Rognons lakes (NW part of NTS sheet 32H02)
Geological province: Grenville Province
Geological subdivision: Allochton
Lithology: Felsic and intermediate intrusive rocks
Category: Lithodemic
Rank: Suite
Status: Formal
Use: Active


The Jean-Marie Intrusive Suite was defined during mapping by Moukhsil and El Bourki (2021) ~65 km NW of Lake Saint-Jean. This unit consists of several phases distributed in an intrusion well circumscribed from the aeromagnetic survey (Intissar and Benahmed, 2015).



The Jean-Marie Intrusive Suite consists of a multiphase batholith composed of charnockite, alkali feldspar granite, hypersthene quartz syenite, syenogranite, gabbronorite and gabbro. It contains enclaves of paragneiss and granitic gneiss.

Charnockite is rusty brown in altered patina, greenish to greyish in fresh exposure and medium grained. The rock displays a planar fabric resulting from solid-state deformation, which is more important along the edge of the intrusion, where the rock also becomes granoblastic and fine grained. Some outcrops exhibit a porphyraceous to porphyroclastic texture (e.g. outcrop 2020-ME-1102). Charnockite contains hypersthene, clinopyroxene, quartz, K-feldspar, plagioclase, hornblende, biotite and accessory minerals such as apatite and zircon, accompanied by opaque minerals (magnetite and pyrite). Syenogranite resembles charnockite; however, all rocks of this type have <2% orthopyroxene.

Alkali feldspar granite varies in colour from outcrop to outcrop. In general, it is pink to pink-grey in altered patina and pink-grey in fresh exposure, in addition to having a deformation foliation in the solid state. It is fine to medium grained and is composed of quartz, perthitic and non-perthitic K-feldspar, plagioclase, biotite, magnetite, trace pyroxenes (orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene) and accessory minerals (zircon, epidote, apatite).

Hypersthene quartz syenite varies in colour from one outcrop to another. It is whitish, pinkish, black or grey in altered patina and pink-beige in fresh exposure. The rock is coarse grained to locally porphyraceous and foliated. In the field, the orthopyroxene content varies from 5% to 8% and is associated with biotite, magnetite and clinopyroxene. In thin sections, the following minerals are also recognizable: polygonal quartz having undulatory extinction, K-feldspar phenocrystals, perthitic or not, plagioclase locally with myrmekitic symplectite, hornblende and some crystals of allanite. Accessory minerals are zircon and apatite.

Gabbronorite is grey-black in altered patina and fresh exposure. The rock is ophitic and medium to coarse grained. Gabbronorite contains ~1% leuconorite clusters white-grey in fresh or altered surfaces and medium to coarse-grained. Leuconorite clusters are 20 cm to 80 cm in diameter and display diffuse contact with gabbronorite, indicating their cogenetic character. A few outcrops of fine to medium-grained gabbro have been mapped among gabbronorite, and gabbro mainly occurs as centimetric dykes.

Gabbronorite contains orthopyroxene, altered clinopyroxene (augite), green hornblende, biotite, apatite and opaque minerals (magnetite, pyrite). Leuconorite clusters contain plagioclase and orthopyroxene. Both lithologies have magmatic textures and are intruded by charnockite of the same suite. Locally, gabbronorite intrudes charnockite. This seems to indicate the cogenetic character, without mixing, of the two magmas (gabbronoritic and granitic) emplaced at medium and high pressure (presence of magmatic orthopyroxene in both lithologies).

Gabbronorite and gabbro layers in this unit may contain Fe-Ti oxides with some phosphorus and vanadium. They mainly contain hemo-ilmenite 1 mm to 1.5 mm in size. Geochemical analysis returned contents of up to 31.20% Fe2O3 and 5.73% TiO2 (analysis 2020079554). Oxide-enriched gabbronorite can be classified as OAGN (OAGN = Oxide-Apatite-Gabbronorite, acronym proposed by Dymeck and Owens, 2001) with or without apatite. The texture of OAGN is granular. It contains hemo-ilmenite disseminated or concentrated in bands and millimetric to centimetric layers. Bands are then composed of plagioclase, pyroxenes, biotite, hornblende, hemo-ilmenite, ilmenite, magnetite and some apatite.


Thickness and distribution

The Jean-Marie Intrusive Suite consists of a multiphase intrusion mapped in the NW part of sheet 32H02. Interpretation of aeromagnetic maps has allowed extending it to the west (sheet 32H03) and to the north (sheets 32H06 and 32H07). This interpretation gives it an elliptical shape with a long axis of 30 km, oriented N-S, and a short axis of ~7 km oriented E-W.



Stratigraphic Relationship(s)

The Jean-Marie Intrusive Suite is in fault contact with the Bolduc Intrusive Suite and the Barrois Complex. It contains enclaves and klippes of paragneiss and granitic gneiss of this complex. It is also cut by millimetric to centimetric dykes of granitic pegmatite and by granitic-filled veins and veinlets.

A 5 cm to 20 cm-thick syenitic pegmatite dyke cuts the Jean-Marie intrusive suite (sample 2020-ME-1087-C). The dyke hosts a rare earth element mineralized zone (analysis 2020079504) enriched in allanite (Jeb mineralized zone).



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Publications Available Through SIGÉOM Examine

INTISSAR, R., BENAHMED, S. 2015. Levé magnétique aéroporté dans le secteur ouest du Lac-St-Jean, Province de Grenville. MERN, GOLDAK AIRBORNE SURVEYS. DP 2015-06, 7 pages and 2 plans.

MOUKHSIL, A., EL BOURKI, M. 2021. Géologie de la région de Girardville, Province de Grenville, région du Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec, Canada. MERN. BG 2021-02, 1 plan.


Other Publications

DYMEK, R.F., OWENS, B.E., 2001. Petrogenesis of Apatite-rich rocks (nelsonite and oxide-apatite gabbronorite) associated with massif anorthosites. Economic Geology; volume 96, pages 797-815.

Suggested Citation

Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN). Jean-Marie Intrusive Suite. Quebec Stratigraphic Lexicon. [accessed on Day Month Year].


First publication

Abdelali Moukhsil, P. Geo., Ph.D.; Mhamed El Bourki, GIT., M.Sc. (redaction)

Mehdi A. Guemache, P. Geo., Ph.D. (coordination); Fabien Solgadi, P. Geo., Ph.D. (critical review); Simon Auclair, P. Geo., M.Sc. (editing); Céline Dupuis, P. Geo., Ph.D. (English version); André Tremblay (HTML editing).

30 juillet 2021