Accreted Terranes of the North Cascades Range, Washington: Spokane to Seattle, Washington, July 21-29, 1989
Copyright 1989 by the American Geophysical Union.
Editor(s): R. W. Tabor, R. H. Haugerud, E. H. Brown, R. S. Babcock, R. B. Miller
Published Online: 30 MAR 2013
Print ISBN: 9780875906126
Online ISBN: 9781118666715
Book Series: Field Trip Guidebooks
About this Book
Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Field Trip Guidebooks Series, Volume 307.
The Cascade Range is an active north-trending volcanic arc at the western edge of North America (Figure 1). At the northern end of the range, between 47°N and 49°N, the average elevation increases, peaks become sharper, numerous small glaciers survive on the higher slopes, and volcanic rocks of the Cascade arc are scarce. This region is the North Cascades Range. The North Cascades are bounded on the west by the fore-arc basin of the Puget Lowland, on the south by the arc volcanic rocks of the Central Cascades, and on the southeast by the back-arc flood basalts of the Columbia Plateau. The geologic identity of the range is not so clearly defined to the north, but it is geographically bounded on the northeast by the Okanogan Ranges and on the northwest by the Fraser River, which separates the Cascades from the Coast Mountains.