U-PB DETRITAL ZIRCON DATING OF THE SITKA GREYWACKE, BARANOF ISLAND, SE ALASKA
All samples have primary age populations in the Paleogene or Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian-Maastrichtian). Several samples have minor populations in the Lower Jurassic, Upper Triassic, and Devonian. A range of Precambrian grains exists, with ages spanning the Neoproterozoic through the Mesoarchean. The MDAs young systematically toward the ocean (inboard to outboard) and support the presence of an inboard Albian belt (81-102 Ma), an intermediate Maastrichtian belt (66-70 Ma), and an outboard Paleocene belt (58-64 Ma) as first proposed by Rick (2014). All three belts are exposed in Sitka Sound with the oldest ages near Sitka (102 Ma) and the youngest ages in Whale Bay (58 Ma). The ~11 m.y. gap in the MDA’s between the Albian and Maastrichtian belts could be due to non-deposition, subduction erosion, was cut-out during thrusting in the accretionary wedge, or removed during strike-slip motion associated with the Fairweather fault system. MDAs from the Maastrichtian and Paleocene belts on Baranof Island correlate with those from the Valdez and Orca Formations in Prince William Sound near Anchorage, Alaska.