Abstract

The Bokan Mountain arfvedsonite–aegirine granite is the only peralkaline acid intrusion actually known on the margin of the Canadian Cordillera. It is the end product of a peralkaline magmatic evolution and is characterized by genetically associated concentrations of U and Th. The U–Pb method on zircons has been used to date two samples: one from a barren peralkaline granite and one from a low-grade U–Th mineralized albitite. A typological study has revealed two genetically different populations of zircons in the barren granite. The upper intercept age of 171 ± 5 Ma obtained on a concordia diagram dates the emplacement of the peralkaline granite. Acid wash experiments on zircons have allowed us to remove important quantities of common lead; this point is discussed as well as the abnormally low Pb content of the feldspar extracted from the barren granite.A Jurassic period of magmatic activity must be integrated into the geological history of Prince of Wales Island. Peralkaline magmatism may have occurred when the Alexander Terrane rifted away from its more southerly area of origin.

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