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Archean gneisses and Early Proterozoic metasedimentary rocks of the Wyoming Province are separated from Proterozoic eugeoclinal metamorphic rocks by a major east-west–trending shear zone called the Cheyenne belt. U-Pb zircon ages of Archean tonalites north of the Cheyenne belt denote an intrusive event at 2,700 Ma. Detrital zircons from Proterozoic metasedimentary rocks north of the Cheyenne belt define an apparent age of 2,450 Ma for the source rock, similar to an age of 2,430 Ma obtained for a local granite. A metagabbro plug, which intruded the metasedimentary rocks about 2,100 Ma, constrains their deposition within this 350 m.y. period. Ages...

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