Admiralty Island and Cenotaph Volcanics

Unit symbol: Tca
Age range Tertiary, Miocene to Oligocene (33.9 to 5.333 Ma)
Lithology: Igneous - Volcanic
Group name: Older volcanic rocks, undivided
Admiralty Island Volcanics consist of a wide range of volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks primarily exposed on Admiralty, Kupreanof, and Kuiu Islands in southeast Alaska and range from rhyolite to basalt, although rhyolite is uncommon. Rhyolite is quartz and feldspar porphyritic, light-gray or light-brown when fresh and buff, white, green, lavender, maroon, or pink where altered; occurs in domes, as dikes up to several meters thick in swarms, or as breccia (Brew and others, 1984; Karl and others, 1999). Dacite found in flows that have large amygdules lined with silicate minerals and abundant inclusions of igneous rock types (Brew and others, 1984). Basalt or andesite flows are dark-gray and less commonly light-gray, grayish-green or red, commonly sparsely porphyritic and often contain phenocrysts of labradorite-bytownite feldspar, augite, and uncommon olivine and hypersthene. Tuff and breccia beds are interlayered with flows in lower part of the sequence. Locally the flows are altered and sheared along major linear features believed to be faults of considerable displacement. In several places sandstone and conglomerate are interbedded with flows and tuff beds at the base (Lathram and others, 1965). Cenotaph Volcanics are found in the Mount Fairweather quadrangle and are andesitic volcanic rocks, volcanic breccia and tuff, siltstone, sandstone, and conglomerate (D.A. Brew, written commun., 1997)

Source map information

Source map Brew, D.A., and Ford, A.B., 1985, Preliminary reconnaissance geologic map of the Juneau, Taku River, Atlin, and part of the Skagway 1:250,000 quadrangles, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 85-395, pamphlet 23 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.
Symbol Qta
Unit name Andesite and other intermediate extrusive rocks
Description ICY STRAIT BELT: Described by Lathram and others (1959) as: "Flows, tuff and breccia--medium to light gray, purple and green andesite, dacite, dacite obsidian, rhyodacite, aegirine augite soda trachyte, and less abundant dark gray basalt." Exposed on Pleasant Island.
Lithology Igneous

Correlated geologic units

Label Tava
Description Admiralty Island and Cenotaph Volcanics, andesite
Geologic age Oligocene to Early-Miocene
Geologic setting Extrusive
Lithology Form Importance
Andesite < Mafic-volcanic < Volcanic < Igneous Flow Indeterminate, major
Conglomerate < Clastic < Sedimentary Bed Incidental