Project: Tectonothermal evolution and exhumation history of the southern Purcell Anticlinorium, southeast British Columbia
The Purcell Anticlinorium is a regional scale, NW-trending anticlinal structure in the eastern portion of the Omineca belt in southeastern British Columbia. It is a Mesozoic structural culmination that contains some of the oldest rock exposures in in the Cordillera, as well as some of British Columbia’s most prolific mineral deposits. The aim of this project is to examine the nature of the interface between two major geological domains, the Purcell Anticlinorium to the east and the Kootenay Arc to the west. This region of complex geology derives from ~1.4 billion years of tectonic activity, including two major phases of intracratonic rifting, terrane accretion and orogenesis, and orogenic extension and uplift. This project seeks to examine the tectonic evolution of the region through constraining its structural, magmatic, metamorphic, and thermochronological history. Unraveling the nature of this poorly understood tectonic interface will inform mineral exploration within the region.