Zircon facies in the Paleocene-Eocene Orca Group indicate a provenance link to the Chugach Terrance, Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Much of the southern Alaska continental margin is made up of marine sedimentary rocks and distinct terranes that have been deposited and accreted from the Cretaceous to the present (Plafker et al., 1994). The Upper Cretaceous to Eocene Chugach-Prince William (CPW) terrane is interpreted to be one of the thickest accretionary complexes in the world, and it is bounded to the north by the Border Ranges fault and Wrangellia composite terrane (Garver and Davidson, 2015). The CPW terrane is inferred to be the Mesozoic accretionary complex of southern Alaska (Amato et al., 2013), but alternate hypotheses suggest it originally formed far to the south (Cowan, 2003). The CPW consists of inboard mesomélange (the McHugh Complex & Potter Creek Assemblage) and stratigraphically younger outboard flysch facies (the Valdez & Orca groups) and associated volcanics (Plafker et al., 1989; Garver and Davidson, 2015; Amato et al., 2013). The blueschist to greenschist Potter Creek Assemblage formed in Cretaceous-Early Jurassic subduction (Amato et al., 2013). The McHugh Complex is made up of mélange and deformed conglomerates and sandstones and ages range from the Jurassic to mid Cretaceous (Amato et al., 2013). The majority of the CPW terrane (>90 %) is comprised of the outboardmore »