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U-Pb zircon geochronology and field relations provide insights into metavolcanic and associated rocks in the Central Appalachian Piedmont of Maryland and northern Virginia. Ordovician ages were determined for volcanic-arc rocks of the James Run Formation (Churchville Gneiss Member, 458 ± 4 Ma; Carroll Gneiss Member, 462 ± 4 Ma), Relay Felsite (458 ± 4 Ma), Chopawamsic Formation (453 ± 4 Ma), and a Quantico Formation volcaniclastic layer (448 ± 4 Ma). A previously dated first phase of volcanism in the Chopawamsic Formation was followed by the second phase dated here. The latter suggests a possible source for contemporaneous volcanic-ash beds...

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