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Distinctive far-traveled fluvial sediment of the lower Colorado River fills 20 paleovalleys now stranded by the river downstream of Grand Canyon as it crosses the Basin and Range Province. These sediments resulted from two or more aggradational episodes in Pliocene and Pleistocene times following initial incision during the early Pliocene. Areview of the stratigraphic evidence of major swings in river elevation over the last 5 m.y. from alternating degradation and aggradation episodes establishes a framework for understanding the incision and filling of the paleovalleys. The paleovalleys are found mostly along narrow bedrock canyon reaches of the river, where divides of...

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