A review of the geology and structure of the Cheyenne belt and Proterozoic rocks of southern Wyoming

  title={A review of the geology and structure of the Cheyenne belt and Proterozoic rocks of southern Wyoming},
  author={R. S. Houston and E. Duebendorfer and K. Karlstrom and W. Premo},
The Colorado Proterozoic province is separated from Archean rocks of the Wyoming province by a major structural boundary, the Cheyenne belt. Proterozoic rocks south of the Cheyenne belt are exposed in the Sierra Madre, Medicine Bow Mountains, and Laramie Range of southern Wyoming. They consist of metavolcanic units, metagraywacke, pelitic schist and gneiss, amphibolite, and felsic to mafic intrusive rocks that locally resemble rocks of central Colorado. North of the Cheyenne belt, Archean… Expand
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