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10: Transect across the northeastern margin of the Mesoproterozoic Belt Basin and Lewis thrust, Glacier National Park, Montana

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James W. Sears
James W. Sears
Department of Geosciences, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive #1296, Missoula, Montana 59812-1296, USA
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John S. MacLean
John S. MacLean
Department of Physical Science, Southern Utah University, 351 W. University Boulevard, Cedar City, Utah 84720, USA
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Stuart D. Parker
Stuart D. Parker
Department of Geosciences, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive #1296, Missoula, Montana 59812-1296, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2016

Abstract

The Lewis thrust plate in Glacier National Park contains the displaced margin of the Mesoproterozoic Belt Basin, which was transported some 130 km (~80 mi) northeastward during the Late Cretaceous to late Paleocene Laramide orogeny. This two-day field trip examines the Lewis plate on an eastward transect along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. The trip begins in basinal facies of the Belt Supergroup, and crosses eastward into shelf facies. The shelf-to-slope transition coincides with the axis of the Akamina syncline along the Continental Divide. The trip visits classic exposures of the Lewis thrust along the Rocky Mountain front, where the lower Belt Supergroup overlies a duplex zone in the Late Cretaceous marine section.

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GSA Field Guide

Unfolding the Geology of the West

Stephen M. Keller
Stephen M. Keller
Colorado Geological Survey Colorado School of Mines 1801 19th Street Golden, Colorado 80401, USA
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Matthew L. Morgan
Matthew L. Morgan
Colorado Geological Survey Colorado School of Mines 1801 19th Street Golden, Colorado 80401, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
44
ISBN print:
9780813756448
Publication date:
January 01, 2016

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