Regional tectonic analysis suggests that the entire Cordilleran continental margin, from Nevada to the Yukon, underwent contractional orogeny involving emplacement of deep basinal, submarine-fan, and mafic volcanic strata over autochthonous continental margin strata during Late Devonian to Mississippian time (Antler orogeny). Displaced parautochthonous strata are present from Nevada to east-central British Columbia, and perhaps within the Yukon-Tanana terrane of Yukon and eastern Alaska. Manifestations of the orogenic event in the northern Cordillera are preserved primarily by normal faults and related coarse clastic strata of the Selwyn basin. We propose that these features formed due to flexural extension during foreland deformation, rather than mid-Paleozoic rifting or transtension.

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