Tectonic implications of isotopic variation among Jurassic and early Cretaceous plutons, Klamath Mountains

C. G. Barnes, S. W. Petersen, R. W. Kistler, T. Prestvik, B. Sundvoll

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Abstract

Jurassic and Early Cretaceous plutons in the Klamath Mountains province of California and Oregon were intruded both before and after thrusting during the Nevadan orogeny (ca. 155-148 Ma). Plutons intruded before Nevadan thrusting range from calc-alkalic to calcic and display a range of compositions that changes consistently with time. Tonalitic and trondhjemitic plutons intruded after Nevadan thrusting are typically calcic, contain low Rb and K 2 O contents, and have δ 18 O less than +8.0‰. The isotopic compositions of the pre-Nevadan plutons requires assimilation of metasedimentary rocks or mixing with crustal melts at deep-crustal levels. The deep-crustal component is not exposed in the province and was presumably truncated during Nevaden thrusting. Post-Nevadan plutons show little evidence of assimilation of metasedimentary crust but display trace-element evidence (low K 2 O, Rb, and rare-earth-element concentrations) consistent with an origin by partial melting of young ophiolitic rocks underthrust during the Nevadan orogeny. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-126
Number of pages10
JournalGeological Society of America Bulletin
Volume104
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

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