Implications of the northwestwardly younger age of the volcanic rocks of west-central California: Alternative Interpretation
Fox and others (1985) have made an important contribution to our understanding of iihe evolution of the Mendocino triple junction and the San Andreas transform. They have summarized a large amount of data on the ages and distribution of volcanic centers along the central California coast; their summary clearly shows that the locus of volcanism migrated northwestward along the coast during at least the past 15 m.y. As Fox and others (1985) poin ted out, however, several of the volcanic centers that are older than 15 m.y. do not fit a simple model of northwestward-migrating volcanism. In the following comments, I offer additional information on the ages and locations of volcanic rocks in west-central California and then briefly discuss the revised data set and its implications for the late Oligocene and early Miocene history of the San Andreas transform. My purpose is to suggest that the sequential northwestward-migrating volcanism documented by Fox a nd others (1985) was preceded by an episode of nearly synchronous volcanism that occurred throughout west-central California about 22-24 m.y. ago.
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Implications of the northwestwardly younger age of the volcanic rocks of west-central California: Alternative Interpretation|
|Series title||GSA Bulletin|
|Publisher||Geological Society of America|
|Contributing office(s)||Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center|
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