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Geology of northern Alaska

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Thomas E. Moore
Thomas E. Moore
U.S. Geological Survey, MS 904 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, California 94025
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Wesley K. Wallace
Wesley K. Wallace
Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
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Kenneth J. Bird
Kenneth J. Bird
U.S. Geological Survey, MS 904, 345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, California 94025
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Susan M. Karl
Susan M. Karl
U.S. Geological Survey, 4200 University Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
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Charles G. Mull
Charles G. Mull
Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys
794 University Avenue, Suite 200, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
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John T. Dillon
John T. Dillon
Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 794 University Avenue
Suite 200, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
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Published:
January 01, 1994

Abstract

This chapter describes the geology of northern Alaska, the largest geologic region of the state of Alaska. Lying entirely north of the Arctic Circle, this region covers an area of almost 400,000 km2 and includes all or part of 36 1:250,000 scale quadrangles (Fig. 1). Northern Alaska is bordered to the west and north by the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, to the east by the Canadian border, and to the south by the Yukon Flats and Koyukuk basin. Geologically, it is notable because it encompasses the most extensive area of coherent stratigraphy in the state, and it contains the Brooks Range, the structural continuation in Alaska of the Rocky Mountain system. Northern Alaska also contains the largest oil field in North America at Prudhoe Bay, the world's second-largest zinclead- silver deposit (Red Dog), important copper-zinc resources, and about one-third of the potential coal resources of the United States (Kirschner, this volume; Magoon, this volume; Nokleberg and others, this volume, Chapter 10; Wahrhaftig and others, this volume).

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DNAG, Geology of North America

The Geology of Alaska

George Plafker
George Plafker
U.S. Geological Survey MS 904, 345 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, California 94025
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Henry C. Berg
Henry C. Berg
115 Malvern Avenue Fullerton, California 92632
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Geological Society of America
Volume
G-1
ISBN electronic:
9780813754536
Publication date:
January 01, 1994

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