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Plate-tectonic evolution of the western U.S.A.

January 1, 1987

Changing interactions of lithospheric plates provide the framework for this review of the 3100 m.y. geological history of some 3 million km2 of mountains, deserts, plateaux and plains. The Precambrian to Neogene development of the western U.S.A. is outlined in terms of plate collisions, subduction events and deformation of lithospheric slabs, with some interpretations based on SE Asia and other regions of complex tectonics.-R.A.H.

Publication Year 1987
Title Plate-tectonic evolution of the western U.S.A.
Authors W. Hamilton
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Episodes
Index ID 70014172
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse