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Sedimentary rocks occurred throughout much of the Late Jurassic Cordilleran margin of Laurasia. Their tectonic setting and provenance are critical to understanding the evolution of the Cordilleran margin during this time. We review published detrital zircon ages and new and published whole-rock geochemistry of the Peshastin Formation and Darrington Phyllite, Cascade Mountains, Washington State, with the goal of better understanding the tectonic development of the Cordillera and strengthening regional correlations of these sedimentary units. The Peshastin Formation conformably overlies the ca. 161 Ma Ingalls ophiolite complex. Published dating of detrital zircons from a Peshastin Formation sandstone provided a youngest U-Pb age distribution of ca. 152 Ma and a significant U-Pb age distribution of ca. 232 Ma. The Darrington Phyllite is structurally above the Shuksan Greenschist; however, this unit also occurs interbedded with the Shuksan Greenschist. The Darrington Phyllite and Shuksan Greenschist have been grouped into the Easton Metamorphic Suite. Published detrital zircons from a Darrington Phyllite metasandstone have a youngest U-Pb age distribution of ca. 155 Ma and a significant U-Pb age distribution of ca. 238 Ma.

New major- and trace-element geochemistry and previously published sandstone petrography suggest that these units were derived from Late Jurassic volcanic arc sources that were predominantly transitional between mafic and intermediate compositions. Middle to Late Triassic detrital zircon ages and detrital modes suggest that some recycling of older accreted arc terranes also contributed to these sediments; however, this Middle to Late Triassic component could also be first cycle. These units consistently plot on geochemical diagrams in fields defined by modern back-arc basin turbidites. The youngest detrital zircon age distributions, detrital sandstone petrography, and geochemistry of these units suggest they formed in Late Jurassic arc-fed basins. We suggest that the Peshastin Formation and Darrington Phyllite are age correlative and formed in an arc-proximal back-arc basin that could have initiated by forearc rifting. Postulated restoration of latest Cretaceous to Cenozoic faulting places these Late Jurassic basins near the Galice Formation and underlying Josephine ophi-olite, Klamath Mountains, Oregon-California. The Galice Formation and underlying Josephine ophiolite have been correlated with the Peshastin Formation and Ingalls ophiolite complex. After postulated Late Jurassic accretion to the North American margin, the Peshastin Formation and Darrington Phyllite were dextrally displaced to the north before they were emplaced in their current position by thrust faulting during the Late Cretaceous.

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