--> --> Abstract: U-Pb Zircon Geochronology of the Emigrant Gap Composite Pluton, Northern Sierra Nevada, California: Implications for the Nevadan Orogeny, by G. H. Girty, A. S. Yoshinobu, M. S. Girty, M. D. Wracher, K. A. Bryan, J. E. Skinner, B. A. McNulty, K. A. Bracchi, D. S. Harwood, and R. E. Hanson; #90992 (1993).

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GIRTY, G. H., A. S. YOSHINOBU, M. S. GIRTY, M. D. WRACHER, K. A. BRYAN, J. E. SKINNER, B. A. MCNULTY, and K. A. BRACCHI, Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, D. S. HARWOOD, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, and R. E. HANSON, Department of Geology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

ABSTRACT: U-Pb Zircon Geochronology of the Emigrant Gap Composite Pluton, Northern Sierra Nevada, California: Implications for the Nevadan Orogeny

The undeformed Emigrant Gap composite pluton postdates the Lower to Middle Jurassic Sailor Canyon and Middle Jurassic Tuttle Lake Formations. According to earlier workers, these latter

formations contain main and late phase Nevadan-aged (155 +/-3 Ma) spaced, slaty, phyllitic, and crenulation cleavage. Recently discovered fossils indicate that the upper part of the Sailor Canyon Formation can be no older than early Bajocian and no younger than Bathonian. The Tuttle Lake Formation stratigraphically overlies the Sailor Canyon Formation and thus probably includes middle to late Bajocian and/or Bathonian strata.

The results of U-Pb work suggest that the Emigrant Gap composite pluton is composed of units that range in age from 168 +/-2 Ma (latest Bathonian to early Callovian) to 163-164 Ma (late Callovian). These new data, when combined with observations summarized above, imply that the Tuttle Lake Formation is older than the undeformed oldest unit of the Emigrant Gap composite pluton (i.e., latest Bathonian or early Callovian), and thus was probably deposited and deformed sometime between middle Bajocian and middle late Bathonian time. Hence, the cleavage contained within the Sailor Canyon and Tuttle Lake Formations could not have formed during the Late Jurassic Nevadan orogeny 155 +/-3 Ma as suggested by earlier workers.

Within the foothills belt, just to the west of the Emigrant Gap composite pluton, a pronounced contractional deformation occurred sometime between 200 and 163 Ma (Early to Middle Jurassic). This middle Mesozoic deformation apparently was the result of a collision between an oceanic arc and continental North America. Because of the gross similarity in timing of structures produced during this collision and structures in the wall rocks of the Emigrant Gap composite pluton, we suggest that the latter Middle Jurassic structures are also the result of arc-continent collision, albeit a slightly more continentward expression.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90992©1993 AAPG Pacific Section Meeting, Long Beach, California, May 5-7, 1993.