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Field guide to the geology of the Denali National Park Road and the Parks Highway from Cantwell to Healy

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Abstract

The Denali National Park & Preserve area provides one of the few opportunities in Alaska for road-side access to good rock outcrops. The rocks and surficial deposits exposed in the Denali area span from the Paleozoic to the Quaternary. It is a structurally complex area that contains a history of rifting, accretion, and orogeny. There is evidence of multiple metamorphic events in the Mesozoic, mountain building in the Tertiary, and faulting in the present day. The region is the site of active faulting along one of the largest intra-continental fault systems, the Denali Fault system, which was the locus of a 7.9 M earthquake in 2002. This guidebook describes the key outcrops viewable along the Denali Park Road from the entrance to the Eielson Visitor Center, and along the Parks Highway from Healy to Cantwell.

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Publication type:
Book
Title:
Field guide to the geology of the Denali National Park Road and the Parks Highway from Cantwell to Healy
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Alaska Geological Society
Description:
44 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Alaska
Other Geospatial:
Denali National Park