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Based on relationships among volcanic-plutonic arc rocks, high-pressure–low-temperature (HP-LT) metamafic rocks, westward relative migration of the Klamath Mountains salient, and locations of the Mariposa-Galice, Great Valley Group, and Franciscan depositional basins, the following geologic evolution is inferred for the northern California continental edge: (1) By ca. 175 Ma, onset of transpressive plate underflow generated an Andean-type Klamath-Sierran arc along the margin. At ca. 165 Ma and continuing to ca. 150–140 Ma, erosion supplied volcanogenic debris to proximal Mariposa-Galice ± Myrtle overlap strata. (2) Oceanic crustal rocks were metamorphosed under HP-LT conditions in an inboard, east-inclined subduction zone from ca. 165...

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