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The Central Front Range of the Colorado Rockies is dominated by an early Proterozoic (ca. 1.8–1.7 Ga) metamorphosed volcanic and sedimentary sequence. In terms of plate tectonics, these rocks are interpreted as island arc, backarc, and sedimentary basin-fill units formed during the accretion of Colorado onto the North American craton. Despite good exposures, which we will be able to observe throughout the field trip, and their proximity to a large metropolitan area, these rocks are still not well understood. New research is under way to better understand accretionary processes in this region. The boundaries of the Central Front Range...

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