Abstract

The quartz dioritic Quottoon Igneous Complex (QIC) is a major Paleogene (65-56 Ma) magmatic body in northwestern British Columbia and southeastern Alaska that was emplaced along the Coast shear zone. The QIC contains two different igneous suites that provide information about source regions and magmatic processes. Heterogeneous suite I rocks (e.g., along Steamer Passage) have a pervasive solid-state fabric, abundant mafic enclaves and late-stage dikes, metasedimentary screens, and variable color indices (25-50). The homogeneous suite II rocks (e.g., along Quottoon Inlet) have a weak fabric developed in the magmatic state (aligned feldspars, melt-filled shears) and more uniform color indices (24-34) than in suite I. Suite I rocks have Sr concentrations <750 ppm, average LaN/YbN = 10.4, and initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios that range from 0.70513 to 0.70717. The suite II rocks have Sr concentrations >750 ppm, average LaN/YbN = 23, and initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios that range from 0.70617 to 0.70686. This study suggests that the parental QIC magma (initial 87Sr/86Sr approximately 0.706) can be derived by partial melting of an amphibolitic source reservoir at lower crustal conditions. Geochemical data (Rb, Sr, Ba, and LaN/YbN) and initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios preclude linkages between the two suites by fractional crystallization or assimilation and fractional crystallization processes. The suite I rocks are interpreted to be the result of magma mixing between the QIC parental magma and a mantle-derived magma. The suite II rocks are a result of assimilation and fractional crystallization processes.

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