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Introduction; Geodynamics and consequences of lithospheric removal in the Sierra Nevada, California

Craig H. Jones and Jason B. Saleeby
Introduction; Geodynamics and consequences of lithospheric removal in the Sierra Nevada, California
Geosphere (Boulder, CO) (March 2013) 9 (2): 188-190

Abstract

During the 1990s, the hypothesis that emerged for the Sierra Nevada was of a range that acquired most of its elevation during the Neogene as a dense mafic residuum foundered into the mantle. The opportunity to learn about such a process without the complications of a subducting slab led to a series of investigations to determine where, when, and how dense residuum was removed, what changes to topography, heat flow, igneous activity, faulting, and sedimentation were produced and what the mechanism of removal was. Coincident with this was a developing controversy over whether Sierran topography was young or originated in the early Tertiary. The papers in this themed issue address these issues from several perspectives: (1) geophysical and geochemical investigations of modern lithospheric structure, (2) geological, petrological, and geochemical work constraining the lithospheric structure prior to approximately 12 Ma, (3) geological, sedimentological, and geochronological work bearing on the evolution of uplift and subsidence, and (4) numerical and analytical modeling seeking to relate the geological observations to deep-seated processes.


EISSN: 1553-040X
Serial Title: Geosphere (Boulder, CO)
Serial Volume: 9
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Introduction; Geodynamics and consequences of lithospheric removal in the Sierra Nevada, California
Affiliation: University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Geological Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States
Pages: 188-190
Published: 20130306
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
References: 48
Accession Number: 2013-032226
Categories: Solid-earth geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Introduction to the themed issue on Geodynamics and consequences of lithospheric removal in the Sierra Navada, California
Illustration Description: illus.
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Secondary Affiliation: California Institute of Technology, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201320
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