Metamorphism of the Wales Group and Moira Group on Prince of Wales and Dall Islands, southeastern Alaska
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This study examines the metamorphic history of the Proterozoic to Early Ordovician Wales Group and the newly-named Ordovician to Silurian Moira Group exposed on Prince of Wales, Dall, and surrounding islands of southeastern Alaska. Three metamorphic events (M1, M2, and M3) affected the Wales Group and a single event (M3) occurred within the Moira Group. Radiometric dating and cross-cutting relationships define the M1, M2, and M3 events as Precambrian (pre-550Ma), Early Ordovician (480-470 Ma), and Early Devonian (410-400 Ma), respectively. Pressure-temperature (P-T) calculations were completed on Wales Group samples reflecting M2 conditions and P-T pseudosections were completed on Wales Group and Moira Group samples reflecting M3. All calculations were completed using the THERMOCALC v. 3.1 (Powell and Holland, 1988, plus upgrades) and its internally consistent dataset (Holland and Powell, 1985, 1990, 1998; Powell and Holland, 1985, 1988). Interpretation of the M2 results constrains a path from about 6 to 8 kbar near 500 to 525⁰C prior to achieving peak conditions near 590 to 650⁰C at about 9.7 to 10.8 kbar. Results from the M3 P-T pseudosections all suggest greenschist facies conditions. Further interpretation proposes conditions near 400⁰C at 2-4 kbar to nearly 500-550⁰C at 10 kbar.
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