Granodiorite, quartz diorite, and diorite

Unit symbol: Tod
Age range Tertiary, Oligocene and late Eocene (56 to 23.03 Ma)
Lithology: Igneous - Plutonic
Group name: Granitic rocks in southern Alaska
Compositionally variable suite of medium- to coarse-grained, grayish-white, mafic granitic rocks exposed along the southern coastal region of the state. Unit occurs as far west as the Seguam quadrangle to as far east as the Ketchikan quadrangle and as far north as the McCarthy quadrangle. Commonly granodiorite and quartz diorite; also includes diorite and tonalite. Along the west side of Cook Inlet, the plutons are considered part of the Tertiary phase of the Alaska-Aleutian Range batholith of Reed and Lanphere (1969, 1972) and tend to be exposed along its western margin. On the Alaska Peninsula, these plutons are associated with the Meshik magmatic arc and, in the Aleutian Islands, with the “Lower Series” magmatic rocks of Vallier and others (1994). In the eastern Gulf of Alaska area and northern southeast Alaska, associations are not as readily apparent; plutons of this age and composition intrude a variety of terranes. Potassium-argon ages for these plutons range from about 39 to 25 Ma. Hornblende diorite in the Skagway quadrangle is undated but may be Oligocene in age (Gilbert and others, 1987)

Source map information

Source map Nelson, S.W., Miller, M.L., Haeussler, P.J., Snee, L.W., Phillips, P.J., Huber, Carol, 1999, Preliminary geologic map of the Chugach National Forest Special Study Area, Alaska, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-362, scale 1:63,360.
Symbol Tgd
Unit name Gabbro and Diorite of Miners Bay
Description Fine to coarse grained, hypidiomorphic granular, quartz bearing biotite, hornblende, pyroxene gabbro and diorite with similar minerals. Geologic relations suggest that diorite is younger. Intruded by leucocratic granite (Tg) and correlated with similar rocks on Culross and Esther Islands, and in Eshamy Bay located to the west outside of the study area
Lithology Igneous

Correlated geologic units

Label Toed
Description Oligocene and Eocene diorite
Geologic age Bartonian to Oligocene
Geologic setting Intrusive, gabbro
Lithology Form Importance
Diorite < Dioritic < Plutonic < Igneous Pluton Major