Petrology and tectonic significance of augen gneiss from a belt of Mississippian granitoids in the Yukon-Tanana terrane, east- central Alaska

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An approximately E-W-trending belt of porphyritic peraluminous granitic rocks, metamorphosed and deformed to augen gneiss, is exposed for 400 km across the Yukon-Tanana terrain. Chemical, textural, and isotopic data from large augen-gneiss bodies indicate that these bodies originated as early Mississippian granitic rocks that assimilated, or were anatectically derived from, early Proterozoic crust or metasedimentary rocks. This plutonic belt probably formed in a middle Palaeozoic continental magmatic arc that developed near the edge of a Precambrian craton somewhere along the western margin of North America and was later translated NW to its present location. U/Pb zircon data and concordance of augen-gneiss contacts with metamorphic layering and with probable late-stage sills suggest that regional metamorphism to amphibolite facies of these rocks was synchronous (late kinematic) with intrusion of the porphyritic granitic protolith. -L.di H.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Petrology and tectonic significance of augen gneiss from a belt of Mississippian granitoids in the Yukon-Tanana terrane, east- central Alaska
Series title Geological Society of America Bulletin
DOI 10.1130/0016-7606(1985)96<411:PATSOA>2.0.CO;2
Volume 96
Issue 4
Year Published 1985
Language English
Publisher Geological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 15 p.
First page 411
Last page 425
Country United States
State Alaska
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