The Rocky Mountain Region: An Evolving Lithosphere Tectonics, Geochemistry, and Geophysics

The Rocky Mountain Region: An Evolving Lithosphere Tectonics, Geochemistry, and Geophysics

Editor(s): Karl E. Kalstrom, G. Randy Keller

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875904191

Online ISBN: 9781118666326

DOI: 10.1029/GM154

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 154.

The Rocky Mountains provide a key region for understanding the evolution of the western North American continent and processes that shape continents in general.
As a result, the region has prompted intense and pioneering geologic investigations for over a century, offering scientists an exceptionally rich field laboratory in which to gather data and to make and test interpretations. The Continental Dynamics of the Rocky Mountain (CD-ROM) experiment (1995-2004), from which this book derives, follows in this tradition, motivated by three leading questions: how are continents initially formed and stabilized; how do old lithospheric structures and boundaries influence younger tectonic events; and how did processes related to the plate boundary affect the evolution of the Cenozoic Rocky Mountains? To successfully answer such questions requires integrated studies focused from the surface, through the crust, into the mantle, and with a four-dimensional approach that also encompasses the time dimension.

Table of contents

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    2. Characterization and Age of the Mesoproterozoic Debaca Sequence in the Tucumcari Basin, New Mexico (pages 185–199)

      Jose F. A. Amarante, Shari A. Kelley, Matthew T. Heizler, Melanie A. Barnes, Kate C. Miller and Elizabeth Y. Anthony

    3. The Dynamic Nature of the Continental Crust-Mantle Boundary: Crustal Evolution in the Southern Rocky Mountain Region as an Example (pages 403–420)

      G. Randy Keller, Karl E. Karlstrom, Michael L. Williams, Kate C. Miller, Christopher Andronicos, Alan R. Levander, Catherine M. Snelson and Claus Prodehl

    4. Synthesis of Results from the Cd-Rom Experiment: 4-D Image of the Lithosphere Beneath the Rocky Mountains and Implications for Understanding the Evolution of Continental Lithosphere (pages 421–441)

      Karl E. Karlstrom, Steven J. Whitmeyer, Ken Dueker, Michael L. Williams, Samuel A. Bowring, Alan R. Levander, E. D. Humphreys, G. Randy Keller and CD-ROM Working Group