Poncheville Intrusive Suite
Stratigraphic label: [narc]pcv
Map symbol: nApcv

First published: 15 September 2017
Last modified:



Translation of original French



Informal subdivision(s)
Numbering does not necessarily reflect the stratigraphic position.
Author:Leclerc and Caron-Côté, 2017
Age:Precambrian / Archean / Neoarchean
Reference section: 
Type area:The type area is a series of outcrops located approximately 4 km south of Poncheville Lake (SW part of NTS sheet 32K02).
Geological province:Superior Province
Geological subdivision:Opatica Subprovince
Lithology:Mafic to ultramafic intrusive rocks
Unit type:Lithodemic




A first mafic-ultramafic intrusion southwest of Poncheville Lake has been mapped by Goutier et al. (2004) at the junction of NTS sheets 32F14, 32F15, 32K02 and 32K03. In their report, these authors described this lithologic unit as an « assemblage of gabbronorite and pyroxenite » and gave it the label « I3Qa ». Fieldwork complemented by aeromagnetic data interpretation by Goutier and Leclerc-Cloutier (2006) allowed to identify a second intrusion south of Poncheville Lake, in the SW part of NTS sheet 32K02. These first two intrusions, along with two other intrusions located respectively south-east of Poncheville Lake (center of NTS sheet 32K02) and south-west of Rocher Lake (east of NTS sheet 32K07) were subsequently attributed to the Poncheville Intrusive Suite (Leclerc and Caron-Côté, 2017).



The Poncheville Intrusive Suite includes four intrusions. Three intrusions are respectively located southwest, south and east of Poncheville Lake and a fourth intrusion is located southwest of Rocher Lake. The intrusion south of Poncheville Lake is composed of gabbronorite and pyroxenite. Fine to medium-grained gabbronorite is massive with a dark green patina and a fresh green to brown color. It is composed of fresh plagioclase and pyroxene characterized by a rim of hornblende and biotite. Apatite and magnetite are present in smaller amounts. Massive pyroxenite is typically coarser than gabbronorite. Its patina varies from dark green to black. Pyroxenes are uralitized and some crystals are completely replaced by talc with disseminated magnetite along cleavage planes and at the rim of grains. Biotite is present in traces. 

The intrusion south-west of Poncheville Lake is dominated by a medium-grained, massive, leucocratic gabbro characterized by purple-colored plagioclase crystals (reminiscent of the purple gabbro of the Rocher-Quénonisca Complex (nArok1)). The intrusion also includes melanocratic gabbro and medium or coarse-grained, massive, dark green pyroxenite. These mafic facies contain disseminated sulphides and are commonly interbedded with purple gabbros. Minor facies include medium-grained, brownish-beige norite, and medium-grained, white-to-beige quartz-rich granitoid. The foliation and granoblastic structure show a heterogeneous development.

The third intrusion located southeast of Poncheville Lake was only visited on the shores of the lake. It is composed of foliated gabbro, medium or coarse-grained. Sericitized and epidotized plagioclase appears in positive relief. Hornblende fills interstitial space in negative relief.

The last intrusion to the southwest of Rocher Lake contains norite, gabbro, diorite and quartz diorite. Medium-grained norite is homogeneous with a beige brown patina and a dark gray color on a fresh exposure. It is composed of plagioclase and orthopyroxene which develop a granoblastic structure. The rough alignment of these minerals defines a week foliation. Glomeroporphyritic gabbro, leucocratic diorites and medium-grained leucocrate quartz diorites are composed of hornblende, biotite and magnetite. They constitute the dominant facies of this intrusion.

Rocks of the Poncheville Intrusive Suite still exhibit primary magmatic structures, such as bedding and flow structures, despite deformation and metamorphism. Bedding generally consists of an alternation of gabbro and decametric pyroxenite. Magmatic flow structures were observed on a pyroxenite outcrop. Gabbros and diorites contain pyroxenite xenoliths, but are also cut by centimetric to decametric gabbroic and pyroxenitic intrusions, which could indicate that the magma chamber has been repeatedly supplied with liquids of primitive composition.


Thickness and distribution

The Poncheville Intrusive Suite consists of four multi-kilometer ovoid intrusions aligned along a NE-SW axis and spread over a distance of 60 km. Intrusions areas range from 10 to 25 km2, for a total area of about 65 km2



Stratigraphic Relationship(s)

Outcrops at the edge of the intrusions located south and SW of Poncheville Lake expose the intrusive contact of pyroxenites and gabbros with dioritic gneisses of the Chensagi Suite (nAcng). In the contact zone, pyroxenites and gabbros are brecciated and intruded by a granitic pegmatite. The fourth intrusion southwest of Rocher Lake cuts banded hornblende tonalites of the Salamander Intrusive Suite (nAsam2c).


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Author(s)TitleYear of PublicationHyperlink (EXAMINE or Other)
GOUTIER, J. – RHÉAUME, P. – DAVIS, D.W.Géologie de la région du lac Olga (32F/14). Ministère des Ressources naturelles, de la Faune et des Parcs, Québec; RG 2003-09, 40 pages.2004RG 2003-09
GOUTIER, J. – LECLERC-CLOUTIER, J.-F.Compilation géoscientifique – Géologie 1/50 000 – 32K02 – Lac Poncheville. Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, Québec; CG SIGEOM 32K. Échelle 1/50 000.2006CG SIGEOM 32K
LECLERC, F. – CARON-CÔTÉ, E.Levé géologique dans la Sous-province d’Opatica au nord-est de Matagami (Région du lac Amisquioumisca). Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, Québec.2017Bulletin géologiQUE





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