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Geochronology, especially U-Pb zircon geochronology, has made important contributions to our understanding of the Jurassic Coast Range ophiolite of California. However, much of the older work is primitive by modern standards, and even some recent U-Pb work is limited in its precision and accuracy by a range of factors. We apply a new zircon analysis method, chemical abrasion–thermal ionization mass spectrometry (CA-TIMS), to generate high-precision, high-accuracy multistep 206Pb*/238U plateau ages for zircons from plagiogranites from the Point Sal (Coast Range ophiolite) and San Simeon (Coast Range ophiolite) ophiolite remnants. These remnants have been postulated to have been part of a single, contiguous remnant prior to offset along the San Gregorio–San Simeon–Hosgri fault system.

Two fractions of zircon from a Point Sal Coast Range ophiolite plagiogranite, and one fraction of zircon from a San Simeon Coast Range ophiolite plagiogranite yield 206Pb*/238U plateau ages that are indistinguishable from one another—a mean age for the three determinations is 165.580 ± 0.038 Ma (95% confidence, mean square of weighted deviates [MSWD] = 0.47). The error quoted is an internal precision, which is appropriate for comparison of the ages to one another. The fact that the San Simeon and Point Sal ages are indistinguishable, even with such very small internal precision errors, is a remarkably robust confirmation of the correlation between the San Simeon and Point Sal ophiolite remnants.

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