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Recent detrital zircon results in both the central Appalachians and New England demonstrate that middle Ordovician, ‘Taconic’ island arcs, long considered to be peri-Laurentian, are built upon or associated with rock of Gondwanan affinity. This trip will visit granulite-facies orthogneiss of the Wilmington Complex, a 475–480 Ma magmatic arc, and the adjacent Wissahickon Formation. The Wissahickon Formation is intruded by and interlayered with meta-igneous rocks with arc affinity and contains detrital zircon populations characteristic of both Gondwanan and Laurentian sources. The Chester Park Gneiss, now known to have detrital zircon age spectra which match the Gondwana-derived Moretown Terrane in...

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