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An exhumed Late Paleozoic canyon in the rocky mountains

Journal of Geology

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DOI: 10.1086/518075

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Abstract

Landscapes are thought to be youthful, particularly those of active orogenic belts. Unaweep Canyon in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, a large gorge drained by two opposite-flowing creeks, is an exception. Its origin has long been enigmatic, but new data indicate that it is an exhumed late Paleozoic landform. Its survival within a region of profound late Paleozoic orogenesis demands a reassessment of tectonic models for the Ancestral Rocky Mountains, and its form and genesis have significant implications for understanding late Paleozoic equatorial climate. This discovery highlights the utility of paleogeomorphology as a tectonic and climatic indicator. ?? 2007 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
An exhumed Late Paleozoic canyon in the rocky mountains
Series title:
Journal of Geology
DOI:
10.1086/518075
Volume
115
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Geology
First page:
473
Last page:
481
Number of Pages:
9