Petrologic and geochronologic evolution of the Grenville orogen, northern Blue Ridge Province, Virginia.
Basement rocks in the northern Virginia Blue Ridge include petrologically diverse granitoids and granitic gneisses that collectively record over 100 m.y. of Grenville orogenic history. New U-Pb sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) isotopic analyses of zircon indicate igneous crystallization ages of 1159 ± 14 Ma (high-silica charnockite), 1078 ± 9 Ma (leucogranite gneiss), 1060 ± 5 Ma (Old Rag magmatic series), and 1050 ± 8 Ma (low-silica charnockite). These ages, together with...[Show more]
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