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1 SEDIMENT PROVENANCE AND TECTONIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CRETACEOUS PIRGUA SUBGROUP NW ARGENTINA by Scott McBride A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE In the Graduate College THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA 2008 2 STATEMENT BY THE AUTHOR This thesis has been submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science degree at The University of Arizona and is deposited in the Antevs Reading Room to be made available to borrowers as are copies of regular theses and dissertations Brief quotations from this manuscript are allowable without special permission provided that accurate acknowledgment of the source is made Requests for permission for extended quotation from or reproduction of this manuscript in whole or in part may be granted by the Department of Geosciences when the proposed use of the material is in the interests of scholarship In all other instances however permission must be obtained from the author Scott McBride author s signature 12 12 2008 date APPROVAL BY RESEARCH COMMITTEE As members of the Research Committee we recommend that this thesis be accepted as fulfilling the research requirement for the degree of Master of Science Peter DeCelles Major Advisor type name signature date Paul Kapp type name signature date George Gehrels type name signature date 3 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Funding for this research was provided by the ExxonMobil University of Arizona Convergent Orogenic Systems Analysis project the Geological Society of America and the University of Arizona Department of Geosciences Summer Research Fund I am grateful to Ryan Rodney for field assistance in Salta and also to Joel Saylor for providing valuable experience on his Zada Basin project U Pb zircon analyses were conducted at the Arizona Laserchron Center petrographic slides were prepared by Quality Thin Sections of Tucson 4 TABLE OF CONTENTS LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES 5 ABSTRACT 6



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