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The Granjeno Schist of northeastern México is the oldest component of the Sierra Madre terrane and comprises polydeformed, pelitic metasedimentary and metavolcaniclastic rocks that enclose lenses of serpentinite-metagabbro. This low-grade Paleozoic assemblage is exposed in the core of a NNW-trending frontal anticline of the Laramide fold-thrust belt where it is tectonically juxtaposed against ca. 1 Ga granulites of the Novillo Gneiss. Silurian strata that unconformably overlie the Novillo Gneiss are unmetamorphosed and contain fauna of Gondwanan affinity.

LA-ICPMS (laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy)U-Pb ages for detrital zircons from a Granjeno phyllite yield age populations that cluster in the...

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