Quindèle Pluton
Stratigraphic label: [narc]qdl
Map symbol: nAqdl

First published: 14 June 2019
Last modified: 19 October 2022





  DISCLAIMER: This English version is translated from the original French. In case of any discrepancy, the French version shall prevail.    

Informal subdivision(s)
Numbering does not necessarily reflect the stratigraphic position.
nAqdl2 Monzogranite
nAqdl1 Tonalite and granodiorite
Author(s): Moukhsil and Doucet, 1999
Age: Neoarchean
Stratotype: None
Type area: Village Lakes area (NTS sheet 32B03)
Geological province: Superior Province
Geological subdivision: La Grande Subprovince
Lithology: Tonalite, granodiorite and monzogranite
Category: Lithodemic
Rank: Lithodeme
Status: Formal
Use: Active




The Quindèle Pluton was defined by Moukhsil and Doucet (1999) southwest of the Village Lakes area (sheet 33B03). The work of Bandyayera and Caron-Côté (2019) shows that its extent continues for >20 km south, in the Glas Lake area (NW corner of sheet 32O14).




The Quindèle Pluton was subdivided by Moukhsil and Doucet (1999) into two informal units: nAqdl1 and nAqdl2. 



Quindèle Pluton 1 (nAqdl1): Tonalite and Granodiorite

Unit Aqdl1 consists of a package of tonalite and granodiorite that cannot be mapped separately at the 1:50 000 scale. In the Glas Lake area, tonalite represents >60% of the pluton. It is a medium to coarse-grained biotite tonalite, heterogranular in places, homogeneous, foliated, locally gneissic and weakly magnetic. The rock is whitish grey in altered surface and contains 10-15% biotite. It is common to observe centimetric and discontinuous horizons of hornblende granodiorite, typically coarse-grained, foliated, in diffuse contact with tonalite, suggesting magma mixing.

Granodiorite is medium to coarse grained, heterogranular, homogeneous and foliated. It is beige in altered surface and greenish grey in fresh exposure. In general, the rock is slightly magnetic. It locally contains 1 to 3% euhedral to subhedral whitish K-feldspar phenocrystals (<1 cm). It is characterized by the ubiquitous presence of hornblende (5-20%) and minor magnetite (1%). Hornblende grains are aligned and stretched parallel to foliation. Granodiorite locally contains horizons of hornblende-clinopyroxene quartz monzodiorite, medium-grained, homogeneous and foliated. Quartz monzodiorite typically contains 20% of ferromagnesian minerals (hornblende, clinopyroxene and biotite).

Unit nAqdl1 contains up to 10% decametric enclaves of paragneiss, diorite, tonalitic gneiss and, locally, amphibolite derived from basalt, whose elongation is subparallel to regional foliation.



Quindèle Pluton 2 (nAqdl2): Monzogranite

Unit Agdl2 consists of medium-grained, locally pegmatitic, whitish monzogranite. In thin section, the rock is composed of 30% quartz, 30% microcline, 28% plagioclase and 3-5% brownish biotite. Apatite, magnetite and epidote are accessory minerals that make up ~2% of the rock.


Thickness and Distribution

The Quindèle Pluton forms a large intrusive mass located south of the Village Lakes area (sheets 33B03 and 33B04), and north of the Abigail and Glas lakes area (sheets 33O13 and 33O14). The pluton is 35 km long and 25 km wide.



Stratigraphic Relationship(s)

The Quindèle Pluton intrudes into the contact zone between the Eastmain Group to the north, and the Champion Complex to the south. It contains kilometric enclaves belonging to the Middle Eastmain Gabbro and Diorite unit. the contact with the Natel Formation (Eastmain Group), or with the Middle Eastmain Gabbro and Diorite, is marked by shear zones. Rocks are highly deformed, mylonitized and folded.


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Publications available through SIGÉOM Examine

MOUKHSIL, A., DOUCET, P. 1999. GEOLOGIE DE LA REGION DES LACS VILLAGE. MRN; RG 99-04, 33 pages and 1 plan.

BANDYAYERA, D., CARON-CÔTÉ, E. 2019. Géologie de la région du lac des Montagnes, sous-provinces de La Grande, de Nemiscau et d’Opatica, Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, Québec, Canada. MERN; BG 2019-03, 1 plan.


Suggested citation


Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN). Quindèle Pluton. Quebec Stratigraphic Lexicon. [accessed on Day Month Year].


First publication

Daniel Bandyayera, P. Geo, Ph.D. (redaction)

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

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