A dike swarm or dyke swarm is a large geological structure consisting of a major group of parallel, linear, or radially oriented dikes intruded within continental crust. They consist of several to hundreds of dikes emplaced more or less contemporaneously during a single intrusive event, and are magmatic and stratigraphic. Such dike swarms may form a large igneous province and are the roots of a volcanic province.
Dike swarms may extend over 400 km (250 mi) in width and length. The largest dike swarm known on Earth is the Mackenzie dike swarm in the western half of the Canadian Shield in Canada, which is more than 500 km (310 mi) wide and 3,000 km (1,900 mi) long.
- Cape Peninsula dyke swarm (South Africa)
- Okavango Dyke Swarm (Botswana)
- Dolerite dikes in Guéra Massif (Chad, Central Africa)
- Vestfold Hills dike swarms (East Antarctica)
- North China dike swarm (North China craton, China)
- Sayan dike swarm (Russia)
- Shirotori-Hiketa dike swarm (northeastern Shikoku, Japan)
- Gairdner dyke swarm (South Australia)
- Mundine Well dyke swarm (Western Australia)
- Wood's Point dyke swarm (Victoria, Australia)
- Egersund dike swarm (southwest Norway)
- Kattsund-Koster dyke swarm (southeast Norway, Swedish west coast)
- Kildonan dyke swarm (Isle of Arran, Scotland)
- Kirov dike swarm (Russia)
- Scourie dyke swarm (northwest Scotland)
- Orano dike swarm (Elba, Italy)
- Satakunta dike swarms, Finland
- Sayda-Bergiesshuebel dike swarm (Saxony, Germany)
- Uralian dike swarm, Russia
- Barents Sea dike swarm
- Bella Bella and Gale Passage dike swarms (central British Columbia Coast)
- Franklin dike swarm (Northern Canada)
- Grenville dike swarm (Ontario and Quebec)
- Mackenzie dike swarm (Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario)
- Marathon dike swarm (northwestern Ontario)
- Matachewan dike swarm (eastern Ontario)
- Mistassini dike swarm (western Quebec)
- Sudbury dike swarm (northeastern Ontario)
- Chief Joseph dike swarm (southeastern Washington, northeastern Oregon)
- Kennedy dike swarm (southeastern Wyoming)
- Magdalena radial dike swarm (central New Mexico)
- San Rafael Swell dike swarm (Utah)
- Spanish Peaks Dike Swarm, southern Colorado
- Warm Springs Mountain dike swarm (Nevada)
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