New paleomagnetic results from Late Cretaceous (75-85 m.y.) red beds on the central block of Salinia indicate that Salinia was located within 6?? (in latitude) of its current cratonal North American position during the Late Cretaceous (after correction for Neogene San Andreas Fault transport). The red beds formed as alluvial-fan overbank deposits with hematite cement deposited directly on Salinian granites in the La Panza Range. Paleomagnetic analysis shows two components of magnetization in the red beds, a low-blocking-temperature present-day overprint residing in goethite and a high-blocking-temperature (>600??) component residing in hematite. The hematite magnetization is a chemical remanent magnetization which formed soon after deposition during pedogenesis. The bedding-corrected hematite remanence contains a magnetic polarity stratigraphy with antipodal normal and reversed directions. Twenty-three Class I sites (??95 < 20??) have an average hematite direction with inclination = 54.4?? and declination = 18.2?? (??95 = 6.1??) after structural correction. These paleomagnetic data suggest that Salinia resided at about 35??N latitude during the Late Cretaceous, within 6?? of its current location adjacent to cratonal North America. By contrast, a summary of paleomagnetic data from the Peninsular Ranges terrane and the Sur-Obispo terrane, which are currently outboard of Salinia, shows northward transport of these terranes of 12,.o\ to 22?? relative to their current locations in North America since the Cretaceous. The offsets increase systematically away from the craton with the most outboard Sur-Obispo terrane (which is composed of accretionary prism and distal forearc material) showing the largest degree of northward translation.
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Paleomagnetic evidence that the central block of Salinia (California) is not a far-traveled terrane