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Geologic interpretation of aeromagnetic map of the Seward and Blying Sound quadrangles, Alaska

January 1, 1979

An aeromagnetic survey of the Seward and northern part of the Blying Sound quadrangles was flown by Geometrics, Inc., during 1975-77 to provide magnetic data to aid in an appraisal of the mineral resources. Background details of the regional geology and major structures are described in a companion report by Tysdal and Case (1979), and interpretation of the gravity data are described in a report by Case and others (1979). Preliminary reports of a paleomagnetic investigation have been reported by Hillhouse and Gromme (1977), and a more complete analysis of the results is in preparation. The aeromagnetic survey was flown at a nominal height of 300 m above the surface and flight lines were spaced about 1.7 km apart. Total magnetic field was measured by a proton-precession magnetometer. The International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF), updated to 1976, was removed, and the residual values were computer-contoured to produce the aeromagnetic map (sheet 1). Detailed aeromagnetic maps at scale 1:63,360 and a map at scale 1:250,000 have been released as Open File Reports 78-1080 through 1083 (U.S. Geological Survey, 1978). 

Magnetic anomalies in the Seward-Blying Sound region are somewhat less complex than in other parts of south-central Alaska, primarily because of the huge volume of relatively nonmagnetic flysch that constitutes the Valdez and Orca Groups. Several rather isolated groups of mafic-ultramafic rocks are significantly more magnetic than the flysch assemblages, and cause distinctive patterns of magnetic anomalies. A few of the granitic plutons are magnetic, but most appear to have little or no magnetic expression. 

Publication Year 1979
Title Geologic interpretation of aeromagnetic map of the Seward and Blying Sound quadrangles, Alaska
DOI 10.3133/mf880D
Authors J. E. Case, R. G. Tysdal, J. W. Hillhouse, C. S. Grommé
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
Series Number 880
Index ID mf880D
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse