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Age measurements of the Precambrian rocks of the Death Valley-Mojave Desert region, California

Lanphere, Marvin and Wasserburg, G. J. (1962) Age measurements of the Precambrian rocks of the Death Valley-Mojave Desert region, California. Journal of Geophysical Research, 67 (4). p. 1645. ISSN 0148-0227. doi:10.1029/JZ067i004p01627.

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Ar^(40)-K^(40) and Sr^(87)-R^(87) age measurements in the eastern Mojave Desert indicate two separate early Precambrian events (see table). The older event is approximately 1650 m.y. old and is evidenced by pegmatites and associated metamorphic rocks in the Mountain Pass district. Ages were measured on coarse muscovite and potassium feldspar, MP-1 and MP-2, from a pegmatite which cuts across biotite-bearing gneisses, MP-7 and MP-9. These data confirm the widespread areal extent of this ancient metamorphic terrane. Ages of biotite, MP-21 and MP-22, from the shonkinite, which intrudes the metamorphic rocks, at Mountain Pass and the Rb-Sr age of potassium feldspar, MM-3f, from granite in the Marble Mountains suggest a period of igneous intrusion in the 1350 to 1410 m.y. interval. Metamorphic rocks in the central Panamint Range have been mapped and are shown to be stratigraphically early Precambrian. K-Ar ages of approximately 80 m.y. have been measured on biotite, muscovite, and hornblende. The minerals show no memory of a Precambrian age. The early Precambrian rocks show no evidence of a younger period of metamorphism. However, a younger metamorphism can be recognized in the overlying Precambrian(?) Noonday dolomite and Johnnie formation.

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Official Citation:Lanphere, M., & Wasserburg, G. J. (1962). Age measurements of the precambrian rocks of the death valley-mojave desert region, california. Journal of Geophysical Research, 67(4), 1645. Retrieved from
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