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Granites of the Batholith of Central Patagonia were emplaced into late Precambrian metamorphic basement rocks and Palaeozoic orthogneisses (here dated by Rb–Sr whole-rock errorchrons at 346 ±35 Ma and 267 ±27 Ma), and are in fault-contact with younger volcanic rocks, mostly andesites. Two main suites of granites are recognised: both are much younger than their previously-supposed Late Palaeozoic age. The Gastre Suite is composed predominantly of hornblende-biotite granodiorite and monzogranite, often slightly foliated, and has yielded a Rb-Sr whole-rock isochron age of 220 ±3 Ma. The Lipetrén Suite includes biotite monzogranite and leucogranite, grading into quartz-feldspar porphyries and felsites, and...

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