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Bedrock Terrane Map

A Digital Atlas of Terranes for the Northern Cordillera


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Maurice Colpron (Yukon Geological Survey) and JoAnne Nelson (BC Geological Survey)

December 2011 – Copyright © 2011 – YGS/BCGS

The framework of the Cordilleran orogen of northwestern North America is commonly depicted as a ‘collage’ of terranes – crustal blocks containing records of a variety of geodynamic environments including continental fragments, pieces of island arc crust and oceanic crust. The series of maps available here are derived from a GIS compilation of terranes based on the map published by Colpron et al. (2007) and Nelson and Colpron (2007), and include modifications from recent regional mapping. These maps are presented in a variety of digital formats including ArcGIS file geodatabase (.gdb), shapefiles (.shp and related files) and Map Packages (.mpk), as well as in a number of graphic formats (Adobe Illustrator CS3, CorelDraw X3, PDF and JPEG). The GIS data include individual terrane layers for British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska, as well as a layer showing selected major Late Cretaceous and Tertiary strike-slip faults. Graphic files derived from the GIS compilation were prepared for the Northern Cordillera (Alaska, Yukon and BC), the Canadian Cordillera (BC and Yukon), Yukon, and British Columbia. These maps are intended for page-size display (~1:5,000,000 and smaller). Polygons are accurate to ~1 km for Yukon and BC, and ~5 km for Alaska. More detailed geological data are available from both BC Geological Survey and Yukon Geological Survey websites. Descriptions of the terranes, their tectonic evolution and metallogeny can be found in Colpron et al. (2007), Nelson and Colpron (2007), Colpron and Nelson (2009).

The terrane map project is a collaborative effort of the BC Geological Survey and the Yukon Geological Survey.


 

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ArcGIS Files

 

 ArcGIS file geodatabase (.gdb) 
 2011_NCordillera_terranes

 

 Shapefiles (.shp)
 Alaska
 British_Columbia
 Yukon
 Faults
 Terranes layer file (.lyr)

 

 Map Packages (.mpk)
 BC_terranes_2011
 CanCord_terranes_2011
 n_cord_terranes_2011
 Yukon_terranes_2011

 

 

Graphic Formats

 

 Corel Draw (.cdr)
 BC_terranes_2011_X3 
 CanCord_terranes_2011_X3 
 n_cord_terranes_2011_X3 
 Yukon_terranes_2011_X3 

 

 Illustrator (.ai)
 BC_terranes_2011_CS3
 CanCord_terranes_2011_CS3
 n_cord_terranes_2011_CS3
 Yukon_terranes_2011_CS3

 

 JPEG
 BC_terranes_2011 
 CanCord_terranes_2011
 n_cord_terranes_2011
 Yukon_terranes_2011

 

 PDF
 BC_terranes_2011 
 CanCord_terranes_2011
 n_cord_terranes_2011
 Yukon_terranes_2011