Porphyritic granodiorite phase of Coast plutonic complex of Brew and Morrell (1979b)

Unit symbol: Tcpp
Age range Tertiary, Eocene (56 to 33.9 Ma)
Lithology: Igneous - Plutonic
Group name: Porphyritic granodiorite phase of Coast plutonic complex of Brew and Morrell (1979b)
Consists mainly of weakly foliated to massive, medium-grained, hornblende-biotite granodiorite, and locally of foliated and gneissic granodiorite as well as distinctive porphyritic, coarse-grained, homogeneous, biotite-hornblende granodiorite that locally grades into quartz diorite and quartz monzonite; typically contains about 5 percent euhedral phenocrysts of potassium feldspar that are as large as 5 cm. Mafic minerals generally make up as much as 25 percent of this pluton. Intrudes foliated tonalite (unit TKts) and is intruded by leucocratic granodiorite (unit Tcp) (Berg and others, 1988; S.M. Karl, unpublished data). Includes associated pervasively intruded migmatite that consists of tonalitic to granodioritic gneiss and orthogneiss of diverse migmatitic fabrics; agmatitic metabasite and ultramafic rocks; quartzite; quartz-biotite schist and gneiss; and marble and irregularly banded calc-silicate rocks. The age of the migmatite primarily reflects timing of intrusions, and original country rock many have been significantly older. In the western part of the unit, in the Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, part of this unit may more properly be associated with the tonalite sill (unit TKts). Radiometric ages vary; K/Ar ages on biotite and hornblende are early Eocene and commonly discordant (Smith and Diggles, 1981; Berg and others, 1988; Douglass and others, 1989), whereas U/Pb analyses (Berg and others, 1988, Gehrels and others, 1991), largely multigrain analyses, yielded Eocene and latest Cretaceous discordant ages

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Correlated geologic units

Label Tcpm2
Description Another Coast Plutonic Complex migmatite
Geologic age Campanian to Eocene
Geologic setting Intrusive
Lithology Form Importance
Migmatite < Metamorphic Amphibolite Indeterminate, major