Gravity anomaly and interpretation map of the Chignik and Sutwik Island quadrangles, Alaska

Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 1053-J

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The gravity field of the Chignik and Sutwik Island quadrangles near the center of the Alaska Peninsula represents a complex series of transitions between probable continental crust on the north, probable oceanic crust on the south, sedimentary basins on each side of the peninsula, and a central structural high and volcanic arc. The resulting gravity field may be generalized as a central southwest- to northeast-trending gravity high bordered on both sides by flanking gravity lows over sedimentary basins underlying the lowlands and continental shelf. All three gravitational features show discontinuities and magnitude variations that reflect the complex geologic setting.

Data concerning this complex gravity field have accumulated slowly and intermittently since an initial measurement was made at Port Heiden more than 25 years go (Thiel and others, 1958, 1959). A few reconnaissance measurements by R. V. Allen and an offshore traverse conducted by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey R/V Surveyor were made in the early 1960's (Barnes and others, 1966; Barnes, 1967). At about the same time, Gulf Oil Corp. contracted for a relatively detailed survey of the lowlands on the north shore of the peninsula; the map prepared from this survey is now available (Gulf Oil Corp., Port Moller Development Contract Report, available at U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska). In the early 1970's, a few new land measurements were made by P. L. Dobey, of the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, and an offshore traverse was completed by the R/V C. Greene on contract to the U.S. Geological Survey (Fisher, 1979, and M. A. Fisher, written commun., 1977). The most recent measurements, the basis for this map, were made by M. E. Yount, D. L. Detra, D. R. Jefferis, and J. E. Case during the mineral assessment of the two quadrangles. D. F. Barnes, R. L. Morin, D. R. Jefferis, and R. F. Sikora have shared in the data compilation. Geologic background for the text was provided by R. L. Detterman, T. P. Miller, E. Young, and F. H. Wilson (1979, 1981).

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Gravity anomaly and interpretation map of the Chignik and Sutwik Island quadrangles, Alaska
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Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
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U.S. Government Printing Office
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Washington, D.C.
5 p.
United States
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Chignik Island;Sutwik Island