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YEG1996-pg131
Title
Geology and Geochemistry of the Teslin Crossing Pluton: A gold-rich alkalic porphyry target
Reference Type
Indian & Northern Affairs Canada/Department of Indian & Northern Development: Exploration & Geological Services Division
Document Type
Annual Report Paper


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Abstract: The Teslin Crossing Pluton is a small (~75 km2), elliptical body which intrudes Jurassic Whitehorse Trough strata of Stikine Terrane. The pluton consists of a border phase, a lithologically and texturally complex central phase, and associated sills and dyke swarms. The border phase consists of a grey, crowded hornblende-plagioclase porphyry. The central phase consists of pink, medium to coarse grained, equigranular monzonite and syenite. Pyroxene and hornblende are essential constituents. Abundant accessory minerals include magnetite (up to 5%), titanite, apatite, rutile and zircon. Modal quartz is absent. Dykes and sills have compositions similar to the border phase. All phases contain a large amount of pea- to cobble-sized xenoliths including coarse-grained pyroxenite, coarse-grained gabbro and fine-grained diorite. The border phase also include sedimentary xenoliths. Locally there are zones of brecciation and potassic alteration.

Geochemically the pluton is alkalic with 3.1-3.4% K2O, 60-68% SiO2 and minor normative quartz. Most rocks are metaluminous but more evolved phases are slightly peraluminous. The pluton is classified as a slightly silica-saturated, pyroxenite-associated syenite. New and existing collections of macrofossils from the sedimentary rocks adjacent to the pluton indicate an age range of Pliensbachian to Aalenian, and provide a maximum age constraint for the pluton. A preliminary U-Pb date from the sill complex yields an age of approximately 175 Ma which is younger than the K-Ar ages of 181-186 Ma from the pluton. The Teslin Crossing pluton is an Early Jurassic alkalic plutonic complex in Stikine Terrane, and as such, is an excellent target for gold-rich porphyry copper mineralization.
Authors: Hart, C.J.R.
Map Scale: 1 : 0
NTS Mapsheet(s): 105E
Citation: Hart, C.J.R. , 1997. Geology and Geochemistry of the Teslin Crossing Pluton: A gold-rich alkalic porphyry target. In: Yukon Exploration and Geology 1996, Roots, C.F. (edt), Indian & Northern Affairs Canada/Department of Indian & Northern Development: Exploration & Geological Services Division, 131.

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