Yianping Li, John W. Geissman, Amos Nur, Hagai Ron, Qing Huang; Paleomagnetic evidence for counterclockwise block rotation in the north Nevada rift region. Geology ; 18 (1): 79–82. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(1990)018<0079:PEFCBR>2.3.CO;2
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Paleomagnetic data from mid-Miocene dikes and flows at three localities within the north Nevada rift indicate that some crustal blocks have rotated approximately 19° (±7°) counterclockwise relative to stable North America. As one possible consequence, a revised mid-Miocene extension direction for the area is about N89°E-S89°W, indicating an approximately 25° difference between mid-Miocene and modern least principal stress directions. The rotation may be accommodated by a right-lateral component of slip on northwest-trending oblique slip faults. These, as well as data from other parts of the Basin and Range province, indicate that strike-slip faulting and associated block rotation contributed to Cenozoic extension.