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The Mojave-Sonora megashear, which bounded the Jurassic southwestern margin of the North America plate from 170 to 148 Ma, may be linked northward to Alaska via the previously recognized discontinuity between the Insular and Intermontane terranes and co-genetic regional elements such as transtensional basins, transpressional uplifts, and overlapping correlative magmatic belts. The longer, continental-scale fault thus defined, which is called the Mexico-Alaska megashear, separated the North America plate from a proto-Pacific plate (the Klamath plate) and linked the axis of ocean-floor spreading within the developing Gulf of Mexico with a restraining bend above which mafic rocks were obducted eastward onto...

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