Paleomagnetism and potassium-argon ages of the Sonoma Volcanics, California

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Paleomagnetic data and potassium-argon ages indicate that the Sonoma Volcanics was erupted during the Pliocene Gilbert reversed and Gauss normal polarity epochs. The Gilbert reversed epoch is represented in the Howell Mountains east of Napa and east of St. Helena, in the mountains immediately east of the Valley of the Moon, and on the hill just north of Santa Rosa. The Gauss normal epoch is represented by the rocks from Mount St. Helena and possibly by the flows from the upper part of Sonoma Mountain and the rhyolite flows north of Sonoma. The age of the volcanic rocks ranges from 5.3 m.y. to about 2.9 m.y. Volcanic rocks approximately 11.8 m.y. old occur at Burdell Mountain northwest of Novato. This volcanic sequence is probably part of the Tolay Volcanics of the Petaluma area.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Paleomagnetism and potassium-argon ages of the Sonoma Volcanics, California
Series title GSA Bulletin
DOI 10.1130/0016-7606(1972)83[2063:PAPAOT]2.0.CO;2
Volume 83
Issue 7
Year Published 1972
Language English
Publisher Geological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 10 p.
First page 2063
Last page 2072
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Sonoma Volcanics
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