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The geometry of Laramide foreland uplifts near the basement-cover interface provides a critical test of models for basement-involved foreland structures. Limits and controls on basement folding are well defined by deflections of the basement-cover unconformity in the northeastern Front Range of Colorado, Rattlesnake Mountain anticline of northern Wyoming, and northern Teton Range of northwestern Wyoming.

Where basement overlies sedimentary strata on a single reverse fault, basement folding is largely limited to the area within 1 km of the fault. In this area, distributed high-angle faulting bends the unconformity in the hanging-wall basement tip up to 20° toward the fault. Folding...

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