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Improved depositional age constraints and stratigraphic description of rocks in San Diego require designation of a new Upper Jurassic formation, herein named the Peñasquitos Formation after its exposures in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve of the city of San Diego. The strata are dark-gray mudstone with interbedded first-cycle volcanogenic sandstone and conglomerate-breccia and contain the Tithonian marine pelecypod Buchia piochii. Laser-ablation–inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) zircon 206*Pb/238U ages of 147.9 ± 3.2 Ma, 145.6 ± 5.3 Ma, and 144.5 ± 3.0 Ma measured on volcaniclastic samples from Los Peñasquitos and Rancho Valencia Canyons are interpreted as magmatic crystallization...

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