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The Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Unaweep Canyon in western Colorado have long been viewed as classic examples of post-Laramide Plio-Pleistocene uplift, which in the case of Unaweep, is thought to have forced the Gunnison River to abandon the canyon. Ongoing field studies of the incision histories of these canyons and their surrounding regions, however, suggest that post-Laramide rock uplift has been regional, rather than local in nature. River incision rates calculated using ca. 10 Ma basaltic lava flows as a late Miocene datum suggest that long-term incision rates range from 61 to 142 m/m.y. with rates decreasing...

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