This project examines a 3,000 square kilometer region of Ontario, Canada called the Frontenac terrane. The Frontenac terrane is made up of Proterozoic gneisses and other metamorphic rocks, and was part of the middle crust a billion years ago when Eastern North America was a tectonically active margin like the modern Andes. These rocks are so deformed and metamorphosed that we don't really understand their origin: are they part of the North American crust of the Canadian Shield, are they related to the Adirondack Mountains (which are just across the St. Lawrence to the east), or are they an exotic crustal block squeezed between the two? This project will use geochronology and geochemistry to determine the ages of several key rock-types in the Frontenac terrane in order to help understand its origin, and to better constrain the Proterozoic tectonics of this part of North America. If possible, this project will involve field work in the Frontenac terrane.
Students should have completed Geol 201 (Mineralogy + Geochemistry). The Geology Department encourages students interested in summer research to meet with potential faculty supervisors before submitting an application. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be required, due to this project's off-campus components.
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Applications open on 01/03/2022 and close on 02/04/2022