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 Chapters in Scholarly Books and Monographs 



Ducea, M.N., and Saleeby, J.B., A case of delamination of the deep batholithic crust beneath the Sierra Nevada, California, in Ernst, W.G. and Nelson, C.A. (editors), Integrated Earth and Environmental Evolution of the Southwestern United States, p. 273-288, 1998.


Dickinson, W.R., Ducea, M.N., Rosenberg, L., Greene H.G., Graham, S., Clark, J., Weber, G.E., Kidder, S., Ernst, W.G., Tectonic relations and net dextral slip, late Neogene San Gregorio-Hosgri fault zone, coastal California, GSA Special Paper, v. 391, 43 pages, 2005. 

Saleeby, J.B., Ducea, M.N., Busby, C.J., Nadin, E.S., and Wetmore, P.H., Chronology of pluton emplacement and regional deformation in the southern Sierra Nevada Batholith, California: Geological Society of America, Special Paper, v. 438 doi: 10.1130/2008.2438 (14), 397-427, 2008.

Ducea, M.N., Kayzar, T., and Wetmore, P., High Precision 87Sr/86Sr Analyses Using Multi Collector ICP-MS, in Mineralogy and Geodiversity, Anastasiu, N. (editor), Romanian Academy of Sciences Special Volume, p. 151-160, 2010.

Wetmore, P.H., Hughes, S., Stremtam, C., Ducea, M.N., The tectonic implications of post-contractional magmatism of the Alisitos arc segment of the Peninsular Ranges, Baja California, Mexico, Geological Society of America Special Paper, v. 211, p. 669-690, 2014.

Becker, T., Summa, L., and Ducea, M.N., Temporal growth of the Puna plateau and its bearing on the formation 1 of the Metan foreland basin, northwest Argentina, in DeCelles, P.G., Ducea, M.N., Carrapa B., and Kapp, P., (editors), “Geodynamics of a Cordilleran Orogenic System: The Central Andes of Argentina and Northern Chile”, Geological Society of America Memoir, v. 212, p. 407-434, 2015. 

Ducea, M.N., Otamendi, J., Bergantz G.W., Jianu. D., Petrescu, L., Constraints on the origin of the Ordovician Fa matinian-Puna Arc, in DeCelles, P.G., Ducea, M.N., Carrapa B., and Kapp, P., (editors), “Geodynamics of a Cordilleran Orogenic System: The Central Andes of Argentina and Northern Chile”, Geological Society of America Memoir, vol. 212, p. 125-139, 2015.

Murray, K.E., Ducea, M.N., Schoenbohm, L., Mafic lavas on the Puna plateau sample the diverse lithospheric architecture of the long-lived central Andean orogeny, in DeCelles, P.G., Ducea, M.N., Carrapa B., and Kapp, P., (editors), “Geodynamics of a Cordilleran Orogenic System: The Central Andes of Argentina and Northern Chile”, Geological Society of America Memoir, v. 212, p. 139-166, 2015.

De Celles, P.G., Zandt, G., Beck, SL, Currie, C., Ducea, M.N., Carrapa, B., Reiners, P.W., Quade, J., Kapp, P., and Gehrels,  G.E., Cyclical Orogenic Processes in the Central Andes, in DeCelles, P.G., Ducea, M.N., Carrapa B., and Kapp, P. (editors), “Geodynamics of a Cordilleran Orogenic System: The Central Andes of Argentina and Northern Chile”, Geological Society of America Memoir, v. 212, p. 459-490,  2015.

Currie, C., Ducea, M.N., and DeCelles, P.G., Geodynamic models of Cordilleran orogens: Gravitational instability of magmatic arc roots, in DeCelles, P.G., Ducea, M.N., Carrapa B., and Kapp, P. (editors), “Geodynamics of a Cordilleran Orogenic System:  The Central Andes of Argentina and Northern Chile”, Geological Society of America Memoir, 212, p. 1-22; 2015


Refereed publications 


Park, S.K., Clayton, R.W., Ducea, M.N., Wernicke, B., Jones, C.H., Ruppert, S.D., 1995. Project combines seismic and magnetotelluric surveying to address the Sierran root question. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 76, 297-298.


Wernicke, B., Clayton, R., Ducea, M., Jones, C.H., Park, S., Ruppert, S., Saleeby, J., Snow, J.K., Squires, L., Fliedner, M., 1996. Origin of high mountains in the continents: The southern Sierra Nevada. Science 271, 190-193.


Ducea, M.N., Saleeby, J.B., 1996. Buoyancy sources for a large, unrooted mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, California: Evidence from xenolith thermobarometry. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 101, 8229-8244.


Ducea, M.N., Saleeby, J.B., 1998. The age and origin of a thick mafic–ultramafic keel from beneath the Sierra Nevada batholith. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 133, 169-185.


Ducea, M., Saleeby, J., 1998. A case for delamination of the deep batholithic crust beneath the Sierra Nevada, California. International Geology Review 40, 78-93.


Ducea, M., Saleeby, J., 1998. Crustal recycling beneath continental arcs: silica-rich glass inclusions in ultramafic xenoliths from the Sierra Nevada, California. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 156, 101-116.


Gao, S.., Ducea, M.N., Zhenmin, J., Saleeby, J., 1998. Lower crustal delamination and evolution of continental crust. Geological Journal of China Universities 4, 241-249.


Ducea, M.N., McInnes, B.I.A., Wyllie, P.J., 1999. Experimental determination of compositional dependence of hydrous silicate melts on sulfate solubility. European Journal of Mineralogy-Ohne Beihefte 11, 33-44.


Ducea, M., 1999. 1.57-Ga magmatism in the South Carpathians: implications for the pre-Alpine basement and evolution of the mantle under the European continent: a discussion. The Journal of Geology 107, 733-736.


Ducea, M.N., Park, S.K., 2000. Enhanced mantle conductivity from sulfide minerals, southern Sierra Nevada, California. Geophysical Research Letters 27, 2405-2408.


Ducea, M., 2001. The California arc: Thick granitic batholiths, eclogitic residues, lithospheric-scale thrusting, and magmatic flare-ups. GSA today 11, 4-10.


Ducea, M., Sen, G., Eiler, J., Fimbres, J., 2002. Melt depletion and subsequent metasomatism in the shallow mantle beneath Koolau volcano, Oahu (Hawaii). Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 3, doi:10.1029/2001GC000184.


Ducea, M.N., 2002. Constraints on the bulk composition and root foundering rates of continental arcs: A California arc perspective. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 107, doi:10.1029/2001JB000643.


Ducea, M., House, M.A., Kidder, S., 2003. Late Cenozoic denudation and uplift rates in the Santa Lucia Mountains, California. Geology 31, 139-142.


Ducea, M.N., Kidder, S., Zandt, G., 2003. Arc composition at mid‐crustal depths: Insights from the Coast Ridge Belt, Santa Lucia Mountains, California. Geophysical Research Letters 30, doi:10.1029/2002GL016297.


Ducea, M.N., Ganguly, J., Rosenberg, E.J., Patchett, P.J., Cheng, W., Isachsen, C., 2003. Sm–Nd dating of spatially controlled domains of garnet single crystals: a new method of high-temperature thermochronology. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 213, 31-42.


Ducea, M.N., Lutkov, V., Minaev, V.T., Hacker, B., Ratschbacher, L., Luffi, P., Schwab, M., Gehrels, G.E., McWilliams, M., Vervoort, J., 2003. Building the Pamirs: The view from the underside. Geology 31, 849-852.


Kidder, S., Ducea, M., Gehrels, G., Patchett, P.J., Vervoort, J., 2003. Tectonic and magmatic development of the Salinian Coast Ridge belt, California. Tectonics 22, doi:10.1029/2002TC001409.


Medaris Jr, G., Ducea, M., Ghent, E., Iancu, V., 2003. Conditions and timing of high-pressure Variscan metamorphism in the South Carpathians, Romania. Lithos 70, 141-161.


Park, S.K., Ducea, M.N., 2003. Can in situ measurements of mantle electrical conductivity be used to infer properties of partial melts? Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 108, doi:10.1029/2002JB001899.


Saleeby, J., Ducea, M., Clemens‐Knott, D., 2003. Production and loss of high‐density batholithic root, southern Sierra Nevada, California. Tectonics 22, doi:10.1029/2002TC001374.


Sen, G., Yang, H.-J., Ducea, M., 2003. Anomalous isotopes and trace element zoning in plagioclase peridotite xenoliths of Oahu (Hawaii): implications for the Hawaiian plume. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 207, 23-38.


Ducea, M.N., Gehrels, G.E., Shoemaker, S., Ruiz, J., Valencia, V.A., 2004. Geologic evolution of the Xolapa Complex, southern Mexico: Evidence from U-Pb zircon geochronology. Geological Society of America Bulletin 116, 1016-1025.


Ducea, M.N., Valencia, V.A., Shoemaker, S., Reinders, P.W., DeCelles, P.G., Campa, M.F., Moran-Zenteno, D., Ruiz, J., 2004. Geodesy and Gravity/Tectonophysics-B09404-Rates of sediment recycling beneath the Acapulco trench: Constraints from (U-Th)/He thermochronology. Journal of Geophysical Research-Part B-Solid Earth 109, doi:10.1029/2004JB003112.


Zandt, G., Gilbert, H., Owens, T.J., Ducea, M., Saleeby, J., Jones, C.H., 2004. Active foundering of a continental arc root beneath the southern Sierra Nevada in California. Nature 431, 41-46.


Barbeau Jr, D.L., Ducea, M.N., Gehrels, G.E., Kidder, S., Wetmore, P.H., Saleeby, J.B., 2005. U-Pb detrital-zircon geochronology of northern Salinian basement and cover rocks. Geological Society of America Bulletin 117, 466-481.


Ducea, M.N., Saleeby, J., Morrison, J., Valencia, V.A., 2005. Subducted carbonates, metasomatism of mantle wedges, and possible connections to diamond formation: an example from California. American Mineralogist 90, 864-870.


Hacker, B., Luffi, P., Lutkov, V., Minaev, V., Ratschbacher, L., Plank, T., Ducea, M., Patiño-Douce, A., McWilliams, M., Metcalf, J.I.M., 2005. Near-ultrahigh pressure processing of continental crust: Miocene crustal xenoliths from the Pamir. Journal of Petrology 46, 1661-1687.


Root, D.B., Hacker, B.R., Gans, P.B., Ducea, M.N., Eide, E.A., Mosenfelder, J.L., 2005. Discrete ultrahigh‐pressure domains in the Western Gneiss Region, Norway: implications for formation and exhumation. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 23, 45-61.


Valencia, V.A., Ruiz, J., Barra, F., Geherls, G., Ducea, M., Titley, S.R., Ochoa-Landín, L., 2005. U–Pb zircon and Re–Os molybdenite geochronology from La Caridad porphyry copper deposit: insights for the duration of magmatism and mineralization in the Nacozari District, Sonora, Mexico. Mineralium Deposita 40, 175-191.


Zeng, L., Saleeby, J.B., Ducea, M., 2005. Geochemical characteristics of crustal anatexis during the formation of migmatite at the Southern Sierra Nevada, California. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 150, 386-402.


Brady, R.J., Ducea, M.N., Kidder, S.B., Saleeby, J.B., 2006. The distribution of radiogenic heat production as a function of depth in the Sierra Nevada Batholith, California. Lithos 86, 229-244.


Cecil, M.R., Ducea, M.N., Reiners, P.W., Chase, C.G., 2006. Cenozoic exhumation of the northern Sierra Nevada, California, from (U-Th)/He thermochronology. Geological Society of America Bulletin 118, 1481-1488.


Ducea, M.N., Gehrels, G.E., Shoemaker, S., Ruiz, J., Valencia, V.A., 2006. Geologic evolution of the Xolapa Complex, southern Mexico: Evidence from U-Pb zircon geochronology: Reply. Geological Society of America Bulletin 118, 766-767.


Kidder, S., Ducea, M.N., 2006. High temperatures and inverted metamorphism in the schist of Sierra de Salinas, California. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 241, 422-437.


Wagner, L.S., Beck, S., Zandt, G., Ducea, M.N., 2006. Depleted lithosphere, cold, trapped asthenosphere, and frozen melt puddles above the flat slab in central Chile and Argentina. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 245, 289-301.


Ducea, M.N., Barton, M.D., 2007. Igniting flare-up events in Cordilleran arcs. Geology 35, 1047-1050.


Horodyskyj, U.N., Lee, C.-T.A., Ducea, M.N., 2007. Similarities between Archean high MgO eclogites and Phanerozoic arc-eclogite cumulates and the role of arcs in Archean continent formation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 256, 510-520.


Johnston, S., Hacker, B.R., Ducea, M.N., 2007. Exhumation of ultrahigh-pressure rocks beneath the Hornelen segment of the Nordfjord-Sogn Detachment Zone, western Norway. Geological Society of America Bulletin 119, 1232-1248.


Blondes, M.S., Reiners, P.W., Ducea, M.N., Singer, B.S., Chesley, J., 2008. Temporal–compositional trends over short and long time-scales in basalts of the Big Pine Volcanic Field, California. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 269, 140-154.


McQuarrie, N., Robinson, D., Long, S., Tobgay, T., Grujic, D., Gehrels, G., Ducea, M., 2008. Preliminary stratigraphic and structural architecture of Bhutan: Implications for the along strike architecture of the Himalayan system. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 272, 105-117.


Ali, G.A.H., Reiners, P.W., Ducea, M.N., 2009. Unroofing history of Alabama and Poverty Hills basement blocks, Owens Valley, California, from apatite (U–Th)/He thermochronology. International Geology Review 51, 1034-1050.


Balintoni, I., Balica, C., Ducea, M.N., Chen, F., Hann, H.P., Şabliovschi, V., 2009. Late Cambrian–Early Ordovician Gondwanan terranes in the Romanian Carpathians: a zircon U–Pb provenance study. Gondwana Research 16, 119-133.


DeCelles, P.G., Ducea, M.N., Kapp, P., Zandt, G., 2009. Cyclicity in Cordilleran orogenic systems. Nature Geoscience 2, 251-257.


Drew, S.T., Ducea, M.N., Schoenbohm, L.M., 2009. Mafic volcanism on the Puna Plateau, NW Argentina: Implications for lithospheric composition and evolution with an emphasis on lithospheric foundering. Lithosphere 1, 305-318.


Ducea, M.N., Kidder, S., Chesley, J.T., Saleeby, J.B., 2009. Tectonic underplating of trench sediments beneath magmatic arcs: The central California example. International Geology Review 51, 1-26.


Gehrels, G., Rusmore, M., Woodsworth, G., Crawford, M., Andronicos, C., Hollister, L., Patchett, J., Ducea, M., Butler, R., Klepeis, K., 2009. U-Th-Pb geochronology of the Coast Mountains batholith in north-coastal British Columbia: Constraints on age and tectonic evolution. Geological Society of America Bulletin 121, 1341-1361.


Luffi, P., Saleeby, J.B., Lee, C.T.A., Ducea, M.N., 2009. Lithospheric mantle duplex beneath the central Mojave Desert revealed by xenoliths from Dish Hill, California. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 114, doi:10.1029/2008JB005906.


Otamendi, J.E., Ducea, M.N., Tibaldi, A.M., Bergantz, G.W., de la Rosa, J.D., Vujovich, G.I., 2009. Generation of tonalitic and dioritic magmas by coupled partial melting of gabbroic and metasedimentary rocks within the deep crust of the Famatinian magmatic arc, Argentina. Journal of Petrology 50, 841-873.


Valencia, V.A., Ducea, M., Talavera-Mendoza, O., Gehrels, G., Ruiz, J., Shoemaker, S., 2009. Geocronología U-Pb de granitoides del límite noroeste del terreno Xolapa. Revista Mexicana de ciencias geológicas 26, 189-200.



Balintoni, I., Balica, C., Ducea, M.N., Hann, H.P., Şabliovschi, V., 2010. The anatomy of a Gondwanan terrane: the Neoproterozoic–Ordovician basement of the pre-Alpine Sebeş–Lotru composite terrane (South Carpathians, Romania). Gondwana Research 17, 561-572.


Balintoni, I., Balica, C., Ducea, M.N., Zaharia, L., Chen, F., Cliveţi, M., Hann, H.P., Li, L.-Q., Ghergari, L., 2010. Late Cambrian–Ordovician northeastern Gondwanan terranes in the basement of the Apuseni Mountains, Romania. Journal of the Geological Society 167, 1131-1145.


Balintoni, I., Balica, C., Seghedi, A., Ducea, M.N., 2010. Avalonian and Cadomian terranes in north Dobrogea, Romania. Precambrian Research 182, 217-229.


Cecil M.R., Ducea, M.N., Reiners, P., Gehrels, G., Mulch, A., Allen, C., Campbell, I., 2010. Provenance of Eocene river sediments from the central northern Sierra Nevada and implications for paleotopography. Tectonics 29, doi:10.1029/2010TC002717.


Calkins, J.A., Zandt, G., Girardi, J., Dueker, K., Gehrels, G.E., Ducea, M.N., 2010. Characterization of the crust of the Coast Mountains Batholith, British Columbia, from P to S converted seismic waves and petrologic modeling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 289, 145-155.


Chapman, A.D., Kidder, S., Saleeby, J.B., Ducea, M.N., 2010. Role of extrusion of the Rand and Sierra de Salinas schists in Late Cretaceous extension and rotation of the southern Sierra Nevada and vicinity. Tectonics 29, doi:10.1029/2009TC002597.


Ducea, M.N., Otamendi, J.E., Bergantz, G., Stair, K.M., Valencia, V.A., Gehrels, G.E., 2010. Timing constraints on building an intermediate plutonic arc crustal section: U‐Pb zircon geochronology of the Sierra Valle Fértil–La Huerta, Famatinian arc, Argentina. Tectonics 29, doi:10.1029/2009TC002615.


Manthei, C.D., Ducea, M.N., Girardi, J.D., Patchett, P.J., Gehrels, G.E., 2010. Isotopic and geochemical evidence for a recent transition in mantle chemistry beneath the western Canadian Cordillera. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 115, doi:10.1029/2009JB00656.


Tobgay, T., Long, S., McQuarrie, N., Ducea, M.N., Gehrels, G., 2010. Using isotopic and chronologic data to fingerprint strata: Challenges and benefits of variable sources to tectonic interpretations, the Paro Formation, Bhutan Himalaya. Tectonics 29, doi:10.1029/2009TC002637.


Balintoni, I., Balica, C., Ducea, M.N., Stremţan, C., 2011. Peri-Amazonian, Avalonian-type and Ganderian-type terranes in the South Carpathians, Romania: the Danubian domain basement. Gondwana Research 19, 945-957.


Cardona, A., Valencia, V.A., Bayona, G., Duque, J., Ducea, M., Gehrels, G., Jaramillo, C., Montes, C., Ojeda, G., Ruiz, J., 2011. Early‐subduction‐related orogeny in the northern Andes: Turonian to Eocene magmatic and provenance record in the Santa Marta Massif and Rancheria Basin, northern Colombia. Terra Nova 23, 26-34.


Cecil, M.R., Ducea, M.N., 2011. K–Ca ages of authigenic sediments: examples from Paleozoic glauconite and applications to low-temperature thermochronometry. International Journal of Earth Sciences 100, 1783-1790.


Cecil, M.R., Gehrels, G., Ducea, M.N., Patchett, P.J., 2011. U-Pb-Hf characterization of the central Coast Mountains batholith: Implications for petrogenesis and crustal architecture. Lithosphere 3, 247-260.


Ducea, M.N., 2011. Fingerprinting orogenic delamination. Geology 39, 191-192.


González-León, C.M., Solari, L., Solé, J., Ducea, M.N., Lawton, T.F., Bernal, J.P., Becuar, E.G., Gray, F., Martínez, M.L., Santacruz, R.L., 2011. Stratigraphy, geochronology, and geochemistry of the Laramide magmatic arc in north-central Sonora, Mexico. Geosphere 7, 1392-1418.


Martin, A.J., Ducea, M.N., 2011. Pre-Cenozoic peak metamorphism and deformation of Lesser Himalayan rocks in Nepal. Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences 44, 1-30.


Wetmore, P.H., Ducea, M.N., 2011. Geochemical evidence of a near-surface history for source rocks of the central Coast Mountains Batholith, British Columbia. International Geology Review 53, 230-260.


Cecil, M.R., Rotberg, G.L., Ducea, M.N., Saleeby, J.B., Gehrels, G.E., 2012. Magmatic growth and batholithic root development in the northern Sierra Nevada, California. Geosphere 8, 592-606.


Chapman, A.D., Saleeby, J.B., Wood, D.J., Piasecki, A., Kidder, S., Ducea, M.N., Farley, K.A., 2012. Late Cretaceous gravitational collapse of the southern Sierra Nevada batholith, California. Geosphere 8, 314-341.


Cristofolini, E.A., Otamendi, J.E., Ducea, M.N., Pearson, D.M., Tibaldi, A.M., Baliani, I., 2012. Detrital zircon U–Pb ages of metasedimentary rocks from Sierra de Valle Fértil: Entrapment of Middle and Late Cambrian marine successions in the deep roots of the Early Ordovician Famatinian arc. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 37, 77-94.


Economos, R.C., Paterson, S.R., Said, L.O., Ducea, M.N., Anderson, J.L., Padilla, A.J., 2012. Gobi-Tianshan connections: field observations and isotopes from an early Permian arc complex in southern Mongolia. Geological Society of America Bulletin 124, 1688-1701.


Girardi, J.D., Patchett, P.J., Ducea, M.N., Gehrels, G.E., Cecil, M.R., Rusmore, M.E., Woodsworth, G.J., Pearson, D.M., Manthei, C., Wetmore, P., 2012. Elemental and isotopic evidence for granitoid genesis from deep-seated sources in the Coast Mountains Batholith, British Columbia. Journal of Petrology 53, 1505-1536.


Otamendi, J.E., Ducea, M.N., Bergantz, G.W., 2012. Geological, petrological and geochemical evidence for progressive construction of an arc crustal section, Sierra de Valle Fertil, Famatinian Arc, Argentina. Journal of Petrology 53, 761-800.


Robinson, A.C., Ducea, M., Lapen, T.J., 2012. Detrital zircon and isotopic constraints on the crustal architecture and tectonic evolution of the northeastern Pamir. Tectonics 31, doi:10.1029/2011TC003013.


Pearson, D.M., Kapp, P., Reiners, P.W., Gehrels, G.E., Ducea, M.N., Pullen, A., Otamendi, J.E., Alonso, R.N., 2012. Major Miocene exhumation by fault‐propagation folding within a metamorphosed, early Paleozoic thrust belt: Northwestern Argentina. Tectonics 31, doi:10.1029/2011TC003043.


Conroy, J.L., Overpeck, J.T., Cole, J.E., Liu, K.-B., Wang, L., Ducea, M.N., 2013. Dust and temperature influences on glaciofluvial sediment deposition in southwestern Tibet during the last millennium. Global and Planetary Change 107, 132-144.


Ducea, M.N., Seclaman, A.C., Murray, K.E., Jianu, D., Schoenbohm, L.M., 2013. Mantle-drip magmatism beneath the Altiplano-Puna plateau, central Andes. Geology 41, 915-918.


Kidder, S.B., Herman, F., Saleeby, J., Avouac, J.-P., Ducea, M.N., Chapman, A., 2013. Shear heating not a cause of inverted metamorphism. Geology 41, 899-902.


McQuarrie, N., Long, S.P., Tobgay, T., Nesbit, J.N., Gehrels, G., Ducea, M.N., 2013. Documenting basin scale, geometry and provenance through detrital geochemical data: Lessons from the Neoproterozoic to Ordovician Lesser, Greater, and Tethyan Himalayan strata of Bhutan. Gondwana Research 23, 1491-1510.


Pearson, D.M., Kapp, P., DeCelles, P.G., Reiners, P.W., Gehrels, G.E., Ducea, M.N., Pullen, A., 2013. Influence of pre-Andean crustal structure on Cenozoic thrust belt kinematics and shortening magnitude: Northwestern Argentina. Geosphere 9, 1766-1782.


Rossel, P., Oliveros, V., Ducea, M.N., Charrier, R., Scaillet, S., Retamal, L., Figueroa, O., 2013. The Early Andean subduction system as an analog to island arcs: Evidence from across-arc geochemical variations in northern Chile. Lithos 179, 211-230.


Toljić, M., Matenco, L., Ducea, M.N., Stojadinović, U., Milivojević, J., Đerić, N., 2013. The evolution of a key segment in the Europe–Adria collision: The Fruška Gora of northern Serbia. Global and Planetary Change 103, 39-62.


Balintoni, I., Balica, C., Ducea, M.N., Hann, H.-P., 2014. Peri-Gondwanan terranes in the Romanian Carpathians: A review of their spatial distribution, origin, provenance, and evolution. Geoscience Frontiers 5, 395-411.


Chapman, A. D., Ducea, M. N., Kidder, S., and Petrescu, L., 2014, Geochemical constraints on the petrogenesis of the Salinian arc, central California: Implications for the origin of intermediate magmas: Lithos, v. 200, p. 126-141.


Molofsky, L.J., Killick, D., Ducea, M.N., Macovei, M., Chesley, J.T., Ruiz, J., Thibodeau, A., Popescu, G.C., 2014. A novel approach to lead isotope provenance studies of tin and bronze: applications to South African, Botswanan and Romanian artifacts. Journal of Archaeological Science 50, 440-450.


Putirka, K.D., Canchola, J., Rash, J., Smith, O., Torrez, G., Paterson, S.R., Ducea, M.N., 2014. Pluton assembly and the genesis of granitic magmas: Insights from the GIC pluton in cross section, Sierra Nevada Batholith, California. American Mineralogist 99, 1284-1303.


Rossel, P., Oliveros, V., Mescua, J., Tapia, F., Ducea, M.N., Calderón, S., Charrier, R., Hoffman, D., 2014. The Upper Jurassic volcanism of the Río Damas-Tordillo Formation (33-35.5 S): Insights on petrogenesis, chronology, provenance and tectonic implications. Andean Geology 41, 529-557.


Zhang, L.-Y., Ducea, M.N., Ding, L., Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Hoffman, D., 2014. Southern Tibetan Oligocene–Miocene adakites: A record of Indian slab tearing. Lithos 210, 209-223.


Zhang, L.-Y., Ding, L., Pullen, A., Xu, Q., Liu, D.-L., Cai, F.-L., Yue, Y.-H., Lai, Q.-Z., Shi, R.-D., Ducea, M.N., 2014. Age and geochemistry of western Hoh-Xil–Songpan-Ganzi granitoids, northern Tibet: Implications for the Mesozoic closure of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean. Lithos 190, 328-348.


Chapman, J.B., Ducea, M.N., DeCelles, P.G., Profeta, L., 2015. Tracking changes in crustal thickness during orogenic evolution with Sr/Y: An example from the North American Cordillera. Geology 43, 919-922.


Chapman, A.D., Ducea, M.N., McQuarrie, N., Coble, M., Petrescu, L., Hoffman, D., 2015. Constraints on plateau architecture and assembly from deep crustal xenoliths, northern Altiplano (SE Peru). Geological Society of America Bulletin 127, 1777-1797.


Ducea, M.N., Paterson, S.R., DeCelles, P.G., 2015. High-volume magmatic events in subduction systems. Elements 11, 99-104.


Ducea, M.N., Saleeby, J.B., Bergantz, G., 2015. The architecture, chemistry, and evolution of continental magmatic arcs. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 43, 299-331.


Gelder, I.E., Matenco, L., Willingshofer, E., Tomljenović, B., Andriessen, P.A.M., Ducea, M.N., Beniest, A., Gruić, A., 2015. The tectonic evolution of a critical segment of the Dinarides‐Alps connection: Kinematic and geochronological inferences from the Medvednica Mountains, NE Croatia. Tectonics 34, 1952-1978.


Ibanez-Mejia, M., Pullen, A., Arenstein, J., Gehrels, G.E., Valley, J., Ducea, M.N., Mora, A.R., Pecha, M., Ruiz, J., 2015. Unraveling crustal growth and reworking processes in complex zircons from orogenic lower-crust: The Proterozoic Putumayo Orogen of Amazonia. Precambrian Research 267, 285-310.


Paterson, S.R., Ducea, M.N., 2015. Arc magmatic tempos: gathering the evidence. Elements 11, 91-98.


Profeta, L., Ducea, M.N., Chapman, J.B., Paterson, S.R., Gonzales, S.M.H., Kirsch, M., Petrescu, L., DeCelles, P.G., 2015. Quantifying crustal thickness over time in magmatic arcs. Scientific Reports 5, 17786, doi:10.1038/srep17786.


Rossel, P., Oliveros, V., Ducea, M.N., Hernandez, L., 2015. Across and along arc geochemical variations in altered volcanic rocks: Evidence from mineral chemistry of Jurassic lavas in northern Chile, and tectonic implications. Lithos 239, 97-113.


Walker Jr, B.A., Bergantz, G.W., Otamendi, J.E., Ducea, M.N., Cristofolini, E.A., 2015. A MASH zone revealed: the mafic complex of the Sierra Valle Fértil. Journal of Petrology 56, 1863-1896.


Chapman, A.D., Jacobson, C.E., Ernst, W.G., Grove, M., Dumitru, T., Hourigan, J., Ducea, M.N., 2016. Assembling the world’s type shallow subduction complex: Detrital zircon geochronologic constraints on the origin of the Nacimiento block, central California Coast Ranges. Geosphere 12, 533-557.


Chapman, J.B., Gehrels, G.E., Ducea, M.N., Giesler, N., Pullen, A., 2016. A new method for estimating parent rock trace element concentrations from zircon. Chemical Geology 439, 59-70.


Chen, C., Liu, Y., Foley, S.F., Ducea, M.N., He, D., Hu, Z., Chen, W., Zong, K., 2016. Paleo-Asian oceanic slab under the North China craton revealed by carbonatites derived from subducted limestones. Geology 44, 1039-1042.


Creixell, C., Oliveros, V., Vásquez, P., Navarro, J., Vallejos, D., Valin, X., Godoy, E., Ducea, M.N., 2016. Geodynamics of Late Carboniferous–Early Permian forearc in north Chile (28° 30′–29° 30′ S). Journal of the Geological Society, doi:10.1144/jgs2016-010.


Ducea, M.N., 2016. Understanding continental subduction: A work in progress. Geology 44, 239-240.


Ducea, M.N., Negulescu, E., Profeta, L., Săbău, G., Jianu, D., Petrescu, L., Hoffman, D., 2016. Evolution of the Sibişel Shear Zone (South Carpathians): A study of its type locality near Răşinari (Romania) and tectonic implications, Tectonics 35, 2131-2157, doi:10.1002/2016TC004193. 


Ducea, M.N., Roban, R.D., 2016. Role Played by Strike-Slip Structures in the Development of Highly Curved Orogens: The Transcarpathian Fault System, South Carpathians. The Journal of Geology 124, 519-527.


Grădinaru, M., Lazar, I., Bucur, I.I., Grădinaru, E., Săsăran, E., Ducea, M.N., Andrăşanu, A., 2016. The Valanginian history of the eastern part of the Getic Carbonate Platform (Southern Carpathians, Romania): Evidence for emergence and drowning of the platform. Cretaceous Research 66, 11-42.


Stoica, A.M., Ducea, M.N., Roban, R.D., Jianu, D., 2016. Origin and evolution of the South Carpathians basement (Romania): a zircon and monazite geochronologic study of its Alpine sedimentary cover. International Geology Review 58, 510-524.


Chapman, J.B., Ducea, M.N., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., DeCelles, P.G., 2017. Spatial and temporal radiogenic isotopic trends of magmatism in Cordilleran orogens. Gondwana Research 48, 189-204.


Chen, C., Liu, Y., Foley, S.F., Ducea, M.N., Geng, X., Zhang, W., Xu, R., Hu, Z., Zhou, L., Wang, Z., 2017. Carbonated sediment recycling and its contribution to lithospheric refertilization under the northern North China Craton. Chemical Geology 466, 641-653.


Coloma, F., Valin, X., Oliveros, V., Vásquez, P., Creixell, C., Salazar, E., Ducea, M.N., 2017. Geoquímica de rocas ígneas Permo-Triásicas del norte de Chile (28°-30° 15 S): Implicancias en la dinámica del margen pre-Andino. Andean Geology 44, 147-178.


Delph, J.R., Ward, K.M., Zandt, G., Ducea, M.N., Beck, S.L., 2017. Imaging a magma plumbing system from MASH zone to magma reservoir. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 457, 313-324.


Ducea, M.N., Bergantz, G.W., Crowley, J.L., Otamendi, J., 2017. Ultrafast magmatic buildup and diversification to produce continental crust during subduction. Geology 45, 235-238.


Erak, D., Matenco, L., Toljić, M., Stojadinović, U., Andriessen, P.A.M., Willingshofer, E., Ducea, M.N., 2017. From nappe stacking to extensional detachments at the contact between the Carpathians and Dinarides–The Jastrebac Mountains of Central Serbia. Tectonophysics 710, 162-183.


Garzione, C.N., McQuarrie, N., Perez, N.D., Ehlers, T.A., Beck, S.L., Kar, N., Eichelberger, N., Chapman, A.D., Ward, K.M., Ducea, M.N., 2017. Tectonic evolution of the Central Andean plateau and implications for the growth of plateaus. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 45, 529-559.


Hu, F., Ducea, M.N., Liu, S., Chapman, J.B., 2017. Quantifying crustal thickness in continental collisional belts: global perspective and a geologic application. Scientific reports 7, 7058, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-07849-7.


Hu, F., Liu, S., Ducea, M.N., Zhang, W., Deng, Z., 2017. The geochemical evolution of the granitoid rocks in the South Qinling Belt: Insights from the Dongjiangkou and Zhashui intrusions, central China. Lithos 278, 195-214.


Otamendi, J.E., Ducea, M.N., Cristofolini, E.A., Tibaldi, A.M., Camilletti, G.C., Bergantz, G.W., 2017. U-Pb ages and Hf isotope compositions of zircons in plutonic rocks from the central Famatinian arc, Argentina. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 76, 412-426.


Pearson, D.M., MacLeod, D.R., Ducea, M.N., Gehrels, G.E., Patchett, P.J., 2017. Sediment underthrusting within a continental magmatic arc: Coast Mountains batholith, British Columbia. Tectonics 36, 2022-2043.


Stojadinovic, U., Matenco, L., Andriessen, P., Toljić, M., Rundić, L., Ducea, M.N., 2017. Structure and provenance of Late Cretaceous–Miocene sediments located near the NE Dinarides margin: Inferences from kinematics of orogenic building and subsequent extensional collapse. Tectonophysics 710, 184-204.


Ward, K.M., Delph, J.R., Zandt, G., Beck, S.L., Ducea, M.N., 2017. Magmatic evolution of a Cordilleran flare-up and its role in the creation of silicic crust. Nature Scientific Reports 7, 9047, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-09015-5.


Worthington, J.R., Kapp, P., Minaev, V., Chapman, J.B., Mazdab, F.K., Ducea, M.N., Oimahmadov, I., Gadoev, M., 2017. Birth, life, and demise of the Andean–syn‐collisional Gissar arc: Late Paleozoic tectono‐magmatic‐metamorphic evolution of the southwestern Tian Shan, Tajikistan. Tectonics 36, 1861-1912.


Wu, D., Liu, Y., Chen, C., Xu, R., Ducea, M.N., Hu, Z., Zong, K., 2017. In-situ trace element and Sr isotopic compositions of mantle xenoliths constrain two-stage metasomatism beneath the northern North China Craton. Lithos 288, 338-351.


Chapman, J.B., Dafov, M.N., Gehrels, G., Ducea, M.N., Valley, J.W., Ishida, A., 2018. Lithospheric architecture and tectonic evolution of the southwestern US Cordillera: Constraints from zircon Hf and O isotopic data. Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi:10.1130/B31937.1.


Chapman, J.B., Scoggin, S.H., Kapp, P., Carrapa, B., Ducea, M.N., Worthington, J., Oimahmadov, I., Gadoev, M., 2018. Mesozoic to Cenozoic magmatic history of the Pamir. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 482, 181-192.


Chen, C., Liu, Y., Feng, L., Foley, S.F., Zhou, L., Ducea, M.N., Hu, Z., 2018. Calcium isotope evidence for subduction-enriched lithospheric mantle under the northern North China Craton. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 238, 55-67.


Ducea, M.N., Chapman, A.D., 2018, Sub-magmatic arc underplating by trench and forearc materials in shallow subduction systems; A geologic perspective and implications, Earth Science Reviews, 185, 763-779,


Ducea, M.N., Giosan, L., Carter, A., Balica, C., Stoica, A.M., Roban, R.D., Balintoni, I., Filip, F., Petrescu, L., 2018, U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology of the lower Danube and its tributaries; implications for the geology of the Carpathians, Geochemistry, Geophysica, Geosystems, 19, 3208-3223. 


Hu, F., Liu, S., Ducea, M.N., Zhang, W., Chapman, J.B., Fu, J., Wang, M., 2018. Interaction among magmas from various sources and crustal melting processes during continental collision: insights from the Huayang intrusive complex of the South Qinling Belt, China. Journal of Petrology 1,35, 435-455.


Quandt, D., Trumbull, R.B., Altenberger, U., Cardona, A., Romer, R.L., Bayona, G., Ducea, M., Valencia, V., Vásquez, M., Cortes, E., 2018. The geochemistry and geochronology of Early Jurassic igneous rocks from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, NW Colombia, and tectono-magmatic implications. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 86, 216-230.


Quinn, D.P., Saleeby, J., Ducea, M., Luffi, P., Asimow, P., 2018. Late‐Cretaceous construction of the mantle lithosphere beneath the central California coast revealed by Crystal Knob xenoliths. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi:10.1029/2017GC007260.


Scott, E.M., Allen, M.B., Macpherson, C.G., McCaffrey, K.J.W., Davidson, J.P., Saville, C., Ducea, M.N., 2018. Andean surface uplift constrained by radiogenic isotopes of arc lavas. Nature Communications 9, 969, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03173-4.


Yu K., Liu Y, Ducea, M.N., 2018. Magma Recharge and Reactive Bulk Assimilation in Enclave-Bearing Granitoids, Tonglu, South China. Journal of Petrology, doi:10.1093/petrology/egy1044.


Cecil, M.R., Ferrer M.A., N R. Riggs, K Marsaglia, A Kylander-Clark, Ducea, M.N., Stone P., 2019, Early arc development recorded in Permian – Triassic plutons of the northern Mojave Desert region, California, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 131, no. 5/6, 749-765.


Chapman, J.B., Ducea, M.N., 2019, The role of arc migration in Cordilleran orogenic cyclicity, Geology, 47, 627-631.


Zeng, Y-C, Xu ,  J.F., Ducea, M.N., Chen, J.L., Huang, F., and Zhang, L., 2019, Initial Rifting of the Lhasa Terrane from Gondwana: Insights From the Permian (~262 Ma) Amphibole‐Rich Lithospheric Mantle‐Derived Yawa Basanitic Intrusions in Southern Tibet.  Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124, 2564–2581.


Xiong, F., Hou, M., Cawood, P.A., Huang, Hu, Ducea, M. N. and Ni, S., 2019, Neoproterozoic I-type and highly fractionated A-type granites in the    Yili Block, Central Asian Orogenic Belt: Petrogenesis and tectonic implication, Precambrian Research, 328, 235-249.

Xiong, F., Ma, C., Chen, B., Ducea, M.N., Hou, M. and Ni, S., 2019. Intermediate-mafic dikes in the East Kunlun Orogen, Northern Tibetan    Plateau: A window into paleo-arc magma feeding system, Lithos, 340, 152-165.


Balica,C.,  M.N. Ducea G.E. Gehrels, J. Kirk, R.D. Roban, P. Luffi J.B. Chapman, A. Triantafyllou, J. Guo, A.M. Stoica, J. Ruiz, I. Balintoni, L. Profeta, D. Hoffman, L. Petrescu, 2020, A zircon petrochronologic view on granitoids and continental evolution, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 531, paper 11605


Chapman AD, Rautela, O, Shields, J., Ducea, MN, Saleeby, J., 2020, Fate of the lower lithosphere during shallow-angle subduction: The Laramide example, GSA Today, 30, 4-10.


Ducea, M.N., Stoica, A., Barla, A., Panaiotu, C, Petrescu, L., 2020, Temporal Evolution of the Persani Volcanic Field, Eastern Transylvanian Basin (Romania); Implications for Convective Removal/Slab Rollback of Lithosphere Beneath the SE Carpathians, Tectonics, 39,

He, D., Liu, Y., Chen, C., Foley, S., Ducea, M.N., 2020, Oxidization of the mantle caused by recycling of sedimentary carbonates may contribute to the formation of iron-rich mantle melts, Science Bulletin, 


Grădinaru, M., Lazăr,  I., Ducea,  M.N., and  Petrescu,   2020, Microaerophilic Fe-oxidizing micro-organisms in Middle Jurassic ferruginous stromatolites and the paleoenvironmental context of their formation (Southern Carpathians, Romania) Geobiology, 1–28.  DOI: 10.1111/gbi.12376. 


Roban, R.D., Ducea, M.N., Mațenco, L., Panaiotu, G.C., Profeta, L., Krézsek, C., Melinte-Dobrinescu, M.C., Anastasiu, N., Dimofte, D., Apotrosoaei, V., Francovschi, I., 2020, Lower Cretaceous provenance and sedimentary model of the Eastern Carpathians: Inferences for the evolution of the subducted oceanic domain and its European passive continental margin: Tectonics, 39, article e2019TC005780.


Oliveros, V., Vásquez P., Creixell C., Lucassen F., Ducea, M.N., Ciocca , Javiera I., González, Mauricio Espinoza , Salazar, E., Coloma , F., Kasemann, S.A., 2020, Lithospheric evolution of the Pre- and Early Andean convergent margin, Chile. Gondwana Research 80, 202–227.


Rossel, P., Echaurren, A., Ducea M.N., Maldonado, P., Llanos, K., 2020, Jurassic arc volcanism in southern central Chile (~35-39ºS): New constrains on the early evolution of Andean magmatism: Lithos, 364-365, article 105510.


Triantafyllou, A., Berger, J., Baele, JM, Mattielli, N., Ducea, MN, Sterckx, S., Samson, S., Hodel, F., Ennih, N., 2020. Episodic magmatism during the growth of a Neoproterozoic oceanic arc (Anti-Atlas, Morocco), Precambrian Research, 339,


Zhang, J-.B., Liu, Y-.S., Ducea, M.N., Xu, R., 2020, Archean, highly unradiogenic lead in shallow cratonic mantle: Geology,


Salazar, E.; Vásquez, P.; Vallejos, D.; Creixell, C.; Oliveros, V.; Ducea, M. 2020, Stratigraphic and provenance analysis of Triassic rock units between 28-29°S, northern Chile: implications on the tectonic and paleogeographic evolution of the southwestern margin of Gondwana, Andean Geology 47 (2): doi:


Francovschi, I., Gradinaru, E., Roban R.D., Ducea, M.N., Ciobotaru, V., Shumlyansky, V., 2020, Rare earth element (REE) enrichment of the late Ediacaran Kalyus Beds (East European Platform) through diagenetic uptake, Geochemistry, 2020.125612.


 Shafaii Moghadam, H., Li, Q.L., Li, X.H., Stern, R.J., Levresse, G., Santos, J.F., Lopez Martinez, M., Ducea, M.N., Ghorbani, G., Hassannezhad, A., 2020, Neotethyan Subduction Ignited the Iran Arc and Backarc Differently, 125 (5), art. no. e2019JB018460,


Chapman, A.D., Rautela, O., Shields, J., Ducea, M.N., Saleeby, J., 2020, Fate of the lower lithosphere during shallow-angle subduction: The Laramide example, 30 (1), art. no. A1, 4-10.


Ducea, M.N., Bowman, E., Chapman, A.D., Balica, C., 2020, Arclogites and their role in continental evolution; Part 2: Relationship to batholiths and volcanoes, density and foundering, remelting and long-term storage in the mantle, Earth Sciences Reviews, in review.


Ducea, M.N., Bowman, E., Chapman, A.D., Balica, C., 2020, Arclogites and their role in continental evolution; Part 1: Background, locations, petrography, geochemistry, chronology and thermobarometry, Earth Sciences Reviews, in review.


Rautela, O., Chapman, A.D., Shields, J.E., Ducea, M.N., Lee, C.-T., Jiang, H., and Saleeby, J., 2020, In search for the missing arc root of the Southern California Batholith: P-T-t evolution of upper mantle xenoliths of the Colorado Plateau Transition Zone, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, in press.

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