The Tanacross B-6 1:63,360-scale quadrangle, through which the Alaska Highway runs, is in east-central Alaska about 190 km west of the Yukon border. The surficial geologic mapping in the quadrangle is in support of the 'Geologic Mapping in support of land, resources and hazards issues in Alaska' Project of the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. The Tanacross B-6 quadrangle contains parts of three physiographic provinces: the Alaska Range, the Yukon-Tanana Upland, and the Northway-Tanana Lowland. The high, rugged, glaciated landscape of the eastern Alaska Range dominates the southern and western areas of the map area. Within the map area, about a dozen peaks rise to more than 1,710 m. In contrast, the gently rolling hills of the Yukon-Tanana Upland, in the northeastern map area, only rise to about 975 m. Between the Alaska Range and the Yukon-Tanana Upland lies the Northway-Tanana Lowland, which contains the northwesterly flowing Tanana River. Elevations along the floor of the lowland generally range between 390 and 420 m.The map provides interpretations of the Quaternary surficial deposits and associated geologic hazards in this area of the upper Tanana valley. Because the map area is dominated by various surficial deposits, the map depicts 18 different Quaternary surficial units consisting of artificial fill, alluvial, colluvial, organic, eolian, glaciofluvial, glacial, and periglacial deposits. Deposits shown on this map are generally greater than 1 m thick. The map is accompanied by a text containing unit descriptions incorporating information pertaining to material type, location, associated hazards, resource use (if any), and thickness.
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Surficial Geologic Map of the Tanacross B-6 Quadrangle, East-Central Alaska