Younger gabbro of southeast Alaska

Unit symbol: Tgbe
Age range Tertiary, Miocene to Eocene (56 to 5.333 Ma)
Lithology: Igneous - Plutonic
Group name: Gabbroic rocks in southern Alaska
Map unit includes two belts of mafic intrusive rocks. The younger belt, earliest Miocene to late Oligocene, consists of “layered and locally zoned bodies of two-pyroxene ± olivine ± biotite ± hornblende ± quartz gabbro and subordinate troctolite, peridotite, leucogabbro, diorite, and tonalite” (Gehrels and Berg, 1992). This younger belt consists of stocks on northern Kupreanof and Kuiu Islands (Brew and others, 1984), Chichagof Island (Johnson and Karl, 1985; Loney and others, 1975), and north of Cross Sound in the Fairweather Range (Brew and others, 1978). Stocks on Revillagigedo Island and adjacent area of mainland yield K/Ar ages between 24.9±0.75 and 23.2±0.7 Ma, early Miocene and late Oligocene (Smith and Diggles, 1981). A large body (La Perouse gabbro) northwest of Cross Sound yielded an 40Ar/39Ar apparent age of 28.0±8.0 Ma, Oligocene (Loney and Himmelberg, 1983). The second (older belt) plutonic suite yields bimodal Eocene (early and latest) radiometric ages and is found on Yakobi and Chichagof Islands. Found west of the Border Ranges Fault in the Sitka quadrangle, these rocks are dominantly composed of medium- to dark-gray, locally brown-gray, medium- to coarse-grained gabbronorite and norite (Johnson and Karl, 1985). They contain abundant sulfides and form the host rock for nickel-sulfide ore bodies (Johnson and Karl, 1985) and yield discordant K/Ar ages of 34.0±1.0 and 39.6±1.2 Ma from biotite and hornblende (Karl and others, 1988) and 40Ar/39Ar ages of 50.5±.1 and 50.3±.1 Ma on biotite (Bradley and others, 2003)

Source map information

Source map Brew, D.A., 1997, Reconnaissance bedrock geologic map of Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. in Geiselman, Joy, Dunlap, J., Hodge, P. and Albert, D., eds., Glacier Bay Ecosystem GIS Volume 1: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division. (Digital map)
Symbol gbp
Unit name Layered pyroxene gabbro
Description Layered pyroxene gabbro - In Fairweather Province (Brew, pers. comm., 1999; MGI map of Glacier Bay National Park). Brew renames this unit Tgbp.
Lithology Igneous

Correlated geologic units

Label Togb
Description Gabbroic rocks
Geologic age Oligocene
Geologic setting Intrusive, gabbro
Lithology Form Importance
Gabbro < Gabbroic < Plutonic < Igneous Pluton Major
Ultramafic < Plutonic < Igneous Indeterminate, major