FIRE 3A Tectonic overview

The eastern part of the FIRE 3A profile crosses the Paleoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks of the North Karelian schist belt (e.g., Kohonen, 1995; Sorjonen-Ward, 2006), which overlie the southwestern margin of the Karelian craton.

Further west, the actual deep transition from Archean to Proterozoic domain is approximately marked by the dominantly metasedimentary rocks of the Savo belt (e.g., Mikkola et al., 2016) that coincides with the crustal scale NW–SE Raahe-Ladoga shear zone (Sorjonen-Ward, 2006; Lahtinen et al., 2016). The Svecofennian orogenic granitic rocks of the Central Finland granitoid complex (CFGC; e.g., Nironen, 2005) occupy a large portion of the profile area to the west of the Archean-Proterozoic transition.

In the northwest the FIRE 3A profile crosses over from the CFGC to the dominantly metasedimentary and structurally complicated Bothnian belt, which belongs to the Arc complex of Western Finland (ACWF; Korsman et al., 1997).

The FIRE 3A profile runs for 448 km from east in the Outokumpu domain towards west over the eastern part of the Central Finland granitoid complex (CFGC) to the Äänekoski region, where it takes a turn towards northwest and crosses over the rest of the CFGC and terminates in the northwest nearby the town of Kokkola in the Bothnian Belt.

The upper crust along the FIRE 3A profile is divided into four domains:

  • Outokumpu (CMP 0000–3800) (1),
  • Savo (CMP 3800–6000) (2),
  • Keitele (CMP 6000–14800) (3), and
  • Bothnian (CMP 14800–17800) (4) domains.

The FIRE 3 and 3A lines run semi-parallel across the Outokumpu domain in the eastern end of the FIRE 3A profile (ca. CMP 0000–0500). Towards the west along FIRE 3A the domain is defined by the Paleoproterozoic upper Kaleva metasedimentary sequences (Viinijärvi suite; Sorjonen-Ward, 2006) underlain by Archean mid- to lower crust and intruded by the 1.88–1.86 Ga Heinävesi suite granitic rocks with Archean source characteristics and emplaced during local shearing and deformation (Sorjonen-Ward, 2006).

The areal extent of the upper Kaleva sediments is considered to delineate the western margin (CMP 3800) of the Outokumpu domain along the FIRE 3A profile.

The Savo domain (CMP 3800–6000) corresponds to the early Paleoproterozoic Savo belt (Kähkönen, 2005), which along FIRE 3A profile consists mostly of gneisses and migmatites with supracrustal origins and juxtaposed between the slightly older upper Kaleva metasediments in the east (Viinijärvi suite; Sorjonen-Ward, 2006) and the Proterozoic Central Finland Granitoid complex in the west (Mikkola et al., 2016). The belt also coincides with the lithosphere-scale Raahe-Ladoga shear zone (RLSZ), which has been interpreted to represent the deep suture between the Archean Karelian province and the Proterozoic Svecofennian domain (e.g., Sorjonen-Ward, 2006).

Along the FIRE 3A the Savo migmatites belong to the Suonenjoki suite paragneisses with some local enrichment in more volcanic source materials and they are intercalated with the rocks of the Sorsakoski granitoid suite (Mikkola et al., 2016). The western contact of the Savo domain towards the Central Finland granitoid complex (Keitele domain) is delineated by the Iisvesi mylonite zone (Mikkola et al., 2016), which also marks the western extent of the RLSZ. Archean crust of the Kuopio complex (Hölttä et al., 2012) is inferred to underlie the entire Savo domain but it is exposed only on the northern flank of the FIRE 3A profile in the central part of the domain.

The Keitele domain (CMP 6000–14800) corresponds roughly to the area of the Central Finland granitoid complex (CFGC) that comprises a variety of orogenic, dominantly I-type granitic rocks and minor associated supracrustal rocks with a relatively evolved geochemical character (Nironen, 2005).

Majority of the CFGC consists of 1.89 to 1.87 Ga calc-alkaline granodiorites and granites synkinematic with the major orogenic stage corresponding to the collision of the Southern Finland arc complex (Bergslagen microcontinent and the Häme belt of the southern Svecofennia sub-province; Lahtinen et al., 2016) with the Arc complex of Western Finland (Keitele and parts of the presumed Bothnian microcontinents or the central Svecofennia sub-province; Lahtinen et al., 2016) at ca. 1.9 Ga. The 1.88 to 1.86 Ga postkinematic granitic rocks with more alkaline geochemical character (Nironen, 2005) form smaller, often discordant, intrusions with transitional I- to A-type characteristics and can be divided into three geochemical types (types 1, 2, and 3; e.g., Elliott, 2003 and references therein).

Based on the more juvenile isotopic character of the granitic rocks and the presence of larger amount of mafic rocks Lahtinen et al. (2016) also defined a separate boundary zone on the northwestern flank of the CFGC between the Bothnian domain and bulk of the CFGC.

The Bothnian domain (CMP 14800–17800) comprises two Paleoproterozoic metasedimentary suites of the Bothnian belt that is a part of the Arc complex of Western Finland, the Lappfors suite (Williams et al., 2008) in the west and the Pirttikylä suite, in contact with the Central Finland granite complex (CFGC), in the east (Suikkanen et al., 2014; Kotilainen et al., 2016a, 2016b).

The supracrustal rocks rim the migmatitic granitoid rocks of the Vaasa migmatite complex, the bulk of which is located west of the FIRE 3A profile (Chopin et al., 2012; Suikkanen et al., 2014; Kotilainen et al., 2016a, 2016b). The Vaasa migmatites are interpreted to represent the center of an exhumed mid-crustal metamorphic core complex generated by partial melting of the metasedimentary rocks of the Bothnian belt at ca. 1.88–1.87 Ga (Suikkanen et al., 2014; Kotilainen et al., 2016a).

Upper to mid-crustal reflectors (ca. CMP 12000–17000) that dip E–SE under the CFGC have been correlated with the contacts of the supracrustal units on the surface (Sorjonen-Ward, 2006). These reflectors extend through the present-day middle crust and are interpreted as marking the contacts of the Bothnian belt blocks with each other and “the Pirttikylä block” towards the CFGC (Sorjonen-Ward, 2006). Tectonic interpretations of these reflectors suggest them to be either thrust-related (Sorjonen-Ward, 2006) or reactivated extensional (Nikkilä et al., 2015) features.

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