Geochronology of the Letete and Waweig formations, Mascarene Group, southwestern New Brunswick Academic Article uri icon


  • Felsic tuffs from the Letete and Waweig formations of the Mascarene Group in southwestern New Brunswick have essentially identical U-Pb ages of 437 ± 7 and 438 ± 4 Ma and were, therefore, both deposited in the Llandoverian of the Early Silurian. These radiometrically determined ages bring into question the validity of assigning Late Silurian ages to rock units in the Mascarene Basin based on the presence of Salopina sp. The new data also indicate that rate of deposition for the volcanic sequences in the Mascarene Basin of New Brunswick is similar to that of the classic sections in coastal Maine.

author list (cited authors)

  • Miller, B. V., & Fyffe, L. R.

publication date

  • March 2002