U-Pb geochronology of detrital zircons from a continental margin assemblage in the northern Coast Mountains, southeastern Alaska

George E Gehrels, W. C. McClelland, S. D. Samson, P. J. Patchett

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Metamorphic rocks within and west of the northern Coast Mountains in southeastern Alaska consists of an Upper Proterozoic(?) to upper Paleozoic continental margin assemblage that we interpret to belong to the Yukon-Tanana terrane. U-Pb geochronologic analyses of single detrital zircon grains from four samples of quartzite suggest that the zircons were shed from source regions containing rocks of ~495 Ma, ~750 Ma, 1.05-1.40 Ga, 1.75-2.00 Ga, ~2.3 Ga, 2.5-2.7 Ga, and ~3.0 Ga. Results suggest that metaclastic rocks in the northern Coast Mountains accumulated in proximity to western North America. The younger zircon populations were likely shed from mid-Proterozoic to early Paleozoic igneous rocks that now occur locally (but may have been widespread) along the Cordilleran margin. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1285-1300
Number of pages16
JournalCanadian Journal of Earth Sciences
Volume28
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1991

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U-Pb geochronology of detrital zircons from a continental margin assemblage in the northern Coast Mountains, southeastern Alaska. / Gehrels, George E; McClelland, W. C.; Samson, S. D.; Patchett, P. J.

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