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Paleozoic subduction complex and Paleozoic–Mesozoic island-arc volcano-plutonic assemblages in the northern Sierra terrane

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Richard E. Hanson
Richard E. Hanson
Department of Geology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas 76129 USA
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Gary H. Girty
Gary H. Girty
Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, California 92182 USA
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David S. Harwood
David S. Harwood
U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California 94025 USA
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Richard A. Schweickert
Richard A. Schweickert
Department of Geological Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada 89557 USA
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Published:
January 01, 2000

Abstract

This field trip provides an overview of the stratigraphic and structural evolution of the northern Sierra terrane, which forms a significant part of the wall rocks on the western side of the late Mesozoic Sierra Nevada batholith in California. The terrane consists of a pre-Late Devonian subduction complex (Shoo Fly Complex) overlain by submarine arc-related deposits that record the evolution of three separate island-arc systems in the Late Devonian-Early Mississippian, Permian, and Late Triassic-Jurassic. The two Paleozoic arc packages and the underlying Shoo Fly Complex have an important bearing on plate-tectonic processes affecting the convergent margin outboard of the Paleozoic Cordilleran miogeocline, although their original paleogeographic relations to North America are controversial. The third arc package represents an overlap assemblage that ties the terrane to North America by the Late Triassic and helps constrain the nature and timing of Mesozoic orogenesis. Several of the fieldtrip stops examine the record of pre-Late Devonian subduction contained in the Shoo Fly Complex, as well as the paleovolcanology of the overlying Devonian to Jurassic arc rocks. Excellent glaciated exposures provide the opportunity to study a cross section through a tilted Devonian volcano-plutonic association. Additional stops focus on plutonic rocks emplaced during Middle Jurassic arc magmatism in the terrane, and during the main pulse of Cretaceous magmatism in the Sierra Nevada batholith to the east.

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GSA Field Guide

Great Basin and Sierra Nevada

David R. Lageson
David R. Lageson
Department of Earth Sciences Montana State University Bozeman, MT 59717 USA
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Stephen G. Peters
Stephen G. Peters
Reno Field Office Mackay School of Mines, MS-176 University of Nevada Reno, Nevada 89557-0047 USA
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Mary M. Lahren
Mary M. Lahren
Department of Geological Sciences MS-l72 University of Nevada Reno, Nevada 89557 USA 2000
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Geological Society of America
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2
ISBN electronic:
9780813756028
Publication date:
January 01, 2000

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