Alaska Quaternary Center

Suggested Readings


Grant, U.S., and Higgins, D.F., Jr., 1910, Reconnaissance of the geology and mineral resources of Prince William Sound, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 443, 89 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:21,120 PDF format (15569.0 K)



also available for download, 2 oversize plates (geologic maps)

  Description of general geology of the Prince William Sound area. Begins with location and geography of Prince William Sound , and an outline of the regional geology. The topography and glacial history are outlined. The rock units are then described, these are broken up into sedimentary and igneous rock groups. The economic geology is then described at length, including history of economic exploration in the area, specific locations and mining companies that have developed in these locations. The document includes numerous figures, black and white photos, and maps.



MacKevett, E.M., Jr., 1971, Stratigraphy and general geology of the McCarthy C-5 quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1323, 35 p. 35 p., .PDF format (2624.0 K)

  Describes the general geology of the McCarthy C-5 quad. Descriptions of each rock unit, including intrusive rocks, and unconsolidated alluvium. Discussion of fossils found in area, along with economic geology. All figures are black and white and within the text.



Moffit, F.H., 1938, Geology of the Chitina Valley and adjacent area, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 894, 137 p., 5 sheets, scale 1:250,000. PDF format (5468.0 K)



Also available- 2 plates (maps) and 3 inserts (charts of fossils)

Description of the geology of the Chitina Valley area. Begins with a description of topography, geography, regional climate and vegetation, and trails in the area. Regional geology is then described. Each rock unit is described, beginning with Paleozoic rocks, up through recent unconsolidated deposits. Geologic history is then discussed, followed by economic geology of the area, including age and character of the various mineral deposits discovered in the region.



Pewe, T.L., and Reger, R.D., 1983, Richardson and Glenn Highway, Alaska, Guidebook to Permafrost and Quaternary Geology: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Guidebook 1, 263 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000. PDF format (16486.0 K)

  Descriptions of the permafrost and quaternary geology of the Tanana River Valley, Delta River area, Copper River Valley, Upper Cook Inlet and Matanuska Valley. Road logs and locality descriptions along the way. A summary of glaciations in the region. Includes 130 black and white figures - maps, photographs, etc., within the text.

Reger, R.D., Combellick, R.A.., and Brigham-Grette, Julie, 1995, Late-Wisconsin events in the upper Cook Inlet region, southcentral Alaska, in Combellick, R.A., and Tannian, Fran, eds., Short Notes on Alaska Geology 1995: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Professional Report 117, p. 33-45.



Richter, D.H., Rosenkrans, D.S., and Steigerwald, M.J., 1995, Guide to the volcanoes of the western Wrangell Mountains, Alaska; Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 2072, 31 p. PDF format (3344.0 K)

A Guide to the volcanoes of the Western Wrangell Mountains, including early history, geologic background, and the role that plate tectonics played in their formation. This paper was designed for both the geologist and the lay reader. Included are numerous diagrams describing the geologic processes occurring, along with those that have led to the formation of the volcanoes. Each volcano has a section dedicated to it, describing its characteristics, illustrated with a topographic map and color photo of the area.

Waythomas, C.F, and Wallace, K.L. (2002). Flank collapse at Mount Wrangell, Alaska, recorded by volcanic mass-flow deposits in the Copper River lowland. Canadian Journal of Earth Science 39,1257-1279. pdf(2.5 mb)

Williams, J.R., 1986, New radiocarbon dates from the Matanuska Glacier bog section, in Bartsch-Winkler, Susan, and Reed, K.M., eds., Geologic studies in Alaska by the United States Geological Survey during 1985: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 978, p. 85-88.



Winkler, G.R., MacKevett, E.M., Jr., Plafker, George, Richter, D.H., and Rosenkrans, D.S.Schmoll, H.R.,2000, A geologic guide to Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska; a tectonic collage of northbound terranes: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1616, 166 p. 188 p., .PDF format, (48,511K)

 Describes the formation of the Wrangell-St. Elias Range by accretion of terranes, including individual descriptions of each terrane. Goes on to tell the history of the forces that worked to create and carve the landscape into its current state. Discussion of mining that was done in the area, the gold that brought prospectors, and the copper that sustained them. Concluded by geologic descriptions of various notable spots in the area. Filled with gorgeous black and white and color images of very high quality.