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The Cordilleran Coast Plutonic Complex comprises the roots of a middle Cretaceous to Paleogene magmatic arc and orogenic belt that extends from the Yukon Territory to Washington State. Exceptional rock exposure and mineral preservation have made the Cascades crystalline core, the southernmost exposure of the Coast Plutonic Complex, a laboratory for understanding mid-crustal processes in contractional magmatic arcs. Perhaps surprisingly, after decades of study, fundamental tectonic models for the Late Cretaceous evolution of the core remain in question. This study evaluates tectonic models using phase equilibrium modeling, thermobarometry, and high-precision geochronology to constrain present crustal structure and the magnitudes, rates,...

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