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Coastal mountains in the northeastern Gulf of Alaska expose continuous, along-strike sections over many tens of kilometers through the 5-km-thick infill (Yakataga Formation) of a glacially influenced active margin basin. The basin has been thrust and uplifted as a result of continuing compression between the underlying Pacific and North American plates. The Yakataga Formation is the best exposed and most complete late Cenozoic record of cool temperate and glacially influenced marine sedimentation in the world. Glacial marine sedimentation began during the late Miocene and is recorded in lowermost Yakataga strata exposed at Yakataga Reef by the abrupt arrival in a...

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