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Geomorphic, thermochronologic, geochemical, structural, and geophysical data all lend support to the hypothesis that the Colorado Rocky Mountains are an example of dynamic topography that has responded variably to broad epeirogenic uplift since the late Miocene. Our view is that this epeirogenic uplift is primarily related to mantle buoyancy and to a lesser extent, on isostatic adjustments caused by regional denudation. Neogene uplift components were superimposed on earlier (Laramide and mid-Tertiary) uplift events such that the present-day high topography of the Colorado Rocky Mountains reflects a composite uplift history.

Newly recognized gravels of the ancestral Colorado River located beneath...

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