Geochronologic, Isotopic, and Geochemical Data from Pre- Cretaceous Plutonic Rocks in the Lane Mountain Area, San Bernardino County, California

Open-File Report 2021-1094
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Pre-Cretaceous, predominantly dioritic plutonic rocks in the Lane Mountain area, California, intrude metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks considered part of the El Paso terrane. New geochronologic (uranium-lead zircon), geochemical, and isotopic data provide a reliable basis for dividing these pre-Cretaceous plutonic rocks into two mappable suites of Permian–Triassic and Late Jurassic ages. The 26 Permian–Triassic samples included in this report have a mean age of ~248 mega-annum (Ma), range in composition from monzodiorite to quartz monzonite and granodiorite, and have a mean initial 87Sr/86Sr ratio (Sri) of ~0.7045. The 22 Late Jurassic samples have a mean age of ~149 Ma, range in composition from gabbro to granite, and have a mean Sri of ~0.7055. Accurate mapping of these two plutonic suites and their detailed field relations with the associated metamorphic rocks is essential for resolving the geologic history and regional tectonic significance of the Lane Mountain area.

The sub-0.706 Sri values of both plutonic suites at Lane Mountain are consistent with previous suggestions that the El Paso terrane is allochthonous and did not develop on Precambrian continental lithosphere. Both suites are considered parts of northwest-trending magmatic arcs interpreted to have formed above east-dipping subduction zones along the evolving North American continental margin, and both arcs are interpreted to cross a major east-west-trending boundary between the El Paso terrane and rocks considered part of ancestral North America in the San Bernardino Mountains area to the south. The El Paso terrane thus appears to have been attached to the San Bernardino Mountains area at least since Permian–Triassic time, although the boundary probably has been modified by Cenozoic faulting.

Suggested Citation

Stone, P., Brown, H.J., Cecil, M.R., Fleck, R.J., Vazquez, J.A., and Fitzpatrick, J.A., 2021, Geochronologic, isotopic, and geochemical data from pre-Cretaceous plutonic rocks in the Lane Mountain area, San Bernardino County, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1094, 74 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract  
  • Introduction  
  • Methods  
  • Analytical Results  
  • Map Relations in the Lane Mountain Area  
  • Regional Relations  
  • Summary  
  • Acknowledgements  
  • References Cited 
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Geochronologic, isotopic, and geochemical data from pre-Cretaceous plutonic rocks in the Lane Mountain area, San Bernardino County, California
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2021-1094
DOI 10.3133/ofr20211094
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description viii, 74 p.
Country United States
State California
County San Berdardino County
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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