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The McDowell Mountains of central Arizona contain one of the best preserved and thickest sections of pre–Apache Group Mesoproterozoic rocks in the state. The oldest formation, ash-flow tuff, has an age of ca. 1650 Ma and is overlain by a quartzite-shale-quartzite triplet. These two units are interpreted to correlate with the Red Rock Group and Mazatzal Group, respectively. Significantly, these formations are overlain by ~6 km of ash-flow tuffs and minor psammite and metabasalt. Preliminary U-Pb analysis of igneous zircons in the youngest ash-flow tuff (the Taliesin tuff) provides an age of 1546 ± 11 Ma. The oldest granite...

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