Gneiss, schist, and quartzite

Unit symbol: PzPxygs
Age range Mississippian, Devonian, and older (635 to 358.9 Ma)
Lithology: Metamorphic
Group name: Gneiss, schist, and amphibolite (Yukon-Tanana crystalline complex)
Coarse- to fine-grained gneiss and quartzite; well-foliated and banded to massive; locally cataclastic; ranges from pelitic schist that contains abundant sillimanite to gneisses of probable igneous origin. All rocks are well foliated, and dominant foliation is folded. Protolith may include both Paleozoic and Precambrian sedimentary and igneous rocks (Weber and others, 1978). Unit is widespread throughout out the Yukon-Tanana Upland and the included meta-plutonic rocks may be equivalent to the Pelly Gneiss in Yukon, Canada. Also includes gray, medium-grained, mylonitic, quartzofeldspathic biotite-sillimanite gneiss that forms core of a gneiss dome in the central Big Delta quadrangle (Dusel-Bacon and Foster, 1983). Several U/Pb zircon ages have been determined on this unit, and Mississippian to Devonian crystallization ages are common for the metaigneous rocks within this unit and within unit |ymi (Aleinikoff and Nokleberg, 1985; Aleinikoff and others, 1986). Day and others (2003), Dusel-Bacon and Williams (2009), Aleinikoff and Nokleberg (1985) all indicate that inheritance of zircon grains is common. Detrital zircon analyses by Aleinikoff and others (1984, 1986) and Dusel-Bacon and Williams (2009) from quartzite in the unit yielded Proterozoic and Archean zircons

Source map information

Source map Smith, T.E., Robinson, M.S., Weber, F.R., Waythomas, C.W., and Reifenstuhl, R.R., 1994, Geologic map of the Upper Chena River area, eastern interior Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Professional Report 115, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360, pamphlet, 19 p.
Symbol pCwp
Unit name Paragneiss
Description Light- to dark-gray, gray- or tan weathering paragenesis, includes thin- to thick-bedded quartzite and interbedded pelitic gneiss, granitic augen gneiss, marble (pCwm), and abundant igneous and metaigneous rocks. Layering of paragneiss is planar to highly contorted; individual layers are usually dismembered, boudinaged, or lenticular. Quartz boudins are common. Schists contain varying amounts of quartz, plagioclase, biotite, muscovite, and garnet with minor sillimanite, amphibole, and tourmaline. Plagioclase (An25-30) is typically unzoned, garnet is sieve textured; quartz is sutured to polygonal; chlorite locally replaces biotite and garnet. Disseminated chalky, white-weathering feldspar grains are present in some quartzites. Unit is cut by numerous tourmaline-quartz veins and with loss of gneissic character around margins is gradational to Clinky quartzite (pCcq). Northern part of the complex contains sparse augen gneiss layers to 10 feet thick that are similar to augen gneiss (Pzra) units upsection
Lithology Metamorphic

Correlated geologic units

Label PzZypg
Description Gneiss, schist, and quartzite of the Yukon-Tanana crystalline complex; Pelly Gneiss in Yukon in part
Geologic age Ediacarian to Devonian
Geologic setting Metamorphic, undivided
Lithology Form Importance
Biotite-gneiss < Gneiss < Metamorphic Major
Quartzite < Metaclastic < Metasedimentary < Metamorphic Minor
Quartz-feldspar-schist < Schist < Metamorphic Minor
Marble < Metacarbonate < Metasedimentary < Metamorphic Incidental