Mesoproterozoic magmatism and deformation in the northern Blue Ridge, Virginia and Maryland: Application of SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology and integrated field studies in the definition of Grenvillian tectonic history
Geologic mapping of Mesoproterozoic lithologies and foliations, and sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) U-Pb crystallization ages of 43 samples of orthogneisses and metagranitoids from the northern Blue Ridge establish new subdivisions: group 1 (1183-1144 Ma), group 2 (1143-1111 Ma), and group 3 (1078-1028 Ma). Protoliths of group 1 were metamorphosed at amphibolite- to granulite-facies conditions and strongly deformed between ca. 1153 and ca. 1144 Ma. Metagranitoids of groups 2...[Show more]
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