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Regional structural profiles in the western part of the Palaeoproterozoic Skellefte Ore District, northern Sweden.
Malehmir A.,Tryggvason A. and Lickorish W.H. 2007
Precambrian Research, 159, 1-18.

The Kristineberg mining area is situated in the western part of the Palaeoproterozoic Skellefte Ore District, northern Sweden, and is well known for its VHMS base-metal and gold deposits. This paper presents five upper crustal geological cross sections that have been constructed and mainly constrained by seismic reflection data, potential field modeling as well as geological field observations. These profiles are visualized in 3D to highlight the three dimensionality and internal consistency of structures across the region. The resulting structural model for the Skellefte volcanics and overlying metasediments comprises two thrust-sheets that expose the Skellefte volcanics in the cores of hanging-wall anticlinal structures. A shear-zone is imaged as a band of seismic reflectivity terminated by the southern Revsund granite unit. Another shear-zone, possibly a continuation of the Skellefte Shear Zone (SSZ) runs through the centre of the region and accounts for some of the structural complexity and shearing observed between the two anticlinal exposures of the volcanics. Additional smaller scale shear-zones have been identified from geological and geophysical mapping within the main structural blocks of the Skellefte volcanics. The Mala volcanic rocks in the north are separated from the Skellefte volcanics by a fault that cuts discordant to the strike of the Mala volcanics. A structural basement has been proposed to the Skellefte volcanics, constrained by seismic reflection data. Exposures of Bothnian Basin rocks south of the Revsund granite outcrops, suggest that the domain beneath the north dipping reflectivity is associated with Bothnian Basin stratigraphy. The preferred interpretation for the contact between the Skellefte volcanics and the Bothnian Basin rocks is a thrust fault that brings the felsic volcanic rocks over the metasedimentary domain. The Revsund granites are divided into two major groups based on their present day thickness and shapes. Although parts of the Viterliden intrusion are almost undeformed, it is cut by a series of shear-zones, causing the magnetic lineations seen within these rocks. The structural profiles presented demonstrate that the Kristineberg ore is situated in the northern limb of a local synformal structure. The new crustal-scale structural model demonstrates the potential of integrating geophysical and geological data when modelling structures hosting mineralization in a complex region like the Skellefte District. The structural profiles presented in this paper, have greatly improved our understanding of the 3D tectonostratigraphy and architecture of the poly-deformed ca. 1.9 Ga the Skellefte Ore District.