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Find Your Science at GSA
21 April 2014
GSA Release No. 14-31
Kea Giles
Managing Editor,
GSA Communications
GSA Field Guide Formation of the Sierra Nevada Batholith

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Geologic Journey into the U.S. Sierra Nevada

Boulder, CO, USA - This new field-trip guide from The Geological Society of America takes readers on a six-day, west-to-east geologic journey across the Mesozoic magmatic arc of the central Sierra Nevada in California, USA. Volume editors Vali Memeti and Scott R. Paterson of the University of Southern California (USC), and Keith D. Putirka of California State University (CSU)–Fresno have compiled work by multiple authors into a comprehensive, well-illustrated guide book.

The 116-page book features a summary of field, structural, geochemical, and geochronologic data on the Guadalupe Igneous Complex and nearby Hornitos pluton; the Fine Gold Intrusive Suite; the Yosemite Valley Intrusive Suite; and the Tuolumne Intrusive Complex.

This guide also includes data on the basement terranes intruded by these intrusions, Mesozoic volcanic-sedimentary sections, and data derived of several Sierra Nevada-wide data sets (plutonic, volcanic and sedimentary geochronology, strain analyses, structures, and geochemistry). Syntheses of these data sets at the end of the guide focus on magmatic processes from the mineral to the arc scale, as well as contemporaneous tectonics, and the tempos controlling magmatism, deformation, exhumation, and erosion/redeposition in the Sierran arc.

Individual copies of the volume may be purchased through The Geological Society of America online bookstore, or by contacting GSA Sales and Service, . Book editors of earth science journals/publications may request a review copy by contacting April Leo, .

Formation of the Sierra Nevada Batholith: Magmatic and Tectonic Processes and Their Tempos
Edited by Vali Memeti, Scott R. Paterson, and Keith D. Putirka
Geological Society of America Field Guide 34
FLD034, 116 p., $60.00; Member price $45.00
ISBN 978-0-8137-0034-2