Science at the Highest Level
These six field guides were prepared for the 2002 GSA Annual Meeting, held in Denver, Colorado.
High Plains to Rio Grande Rift: Late Cenozoic Evolution of Central Colorado
Published:January 01, 2002
Eric M. Leonard, Mary S. Hubbard, Shari A. Kelley, Emmett Evanoff, Christine S. Siddoway, Charles G. Oviatt, Matt Heizler, Mike Timmons, 2002. "High Plains to Rio Grande Rift: Late Cenozoic Evolution of Central Colorado", Science at the Highest Level, D. Lageson
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The central Colorado landscape bears a strong imprint of post-Laramide (late Eocene to Quaternary) tectonics, volcanism, climate change, and drainage rearrangement. This field trip will examine the post-Laramide evolution of central Colorado, traversing the Front Range, from the Colorado Piedmont on the east to the upper Arkansas valley segment of the Rio Grande Rift on the west (Fig. 1). The first day of the trip will involve a transect from the Denver-Colorado Springs section of the Piedmont across the southern Front Range, South Park, and Mosquito Range to the upper Arkansas valley. On this day we will focus...