Controversy over the relative importance of transverse and compressional deformation surrounds continuing debate over uplift in the California Coast Ranges. A simple model for compressional deformation in the central California Coast Ranges predicts a significant part of reconstructed post-3 Ma surface uplift. This result suggests that, in addition to passage of the Mendocino riple junction and fault interactions in a dominantly strike-slip setting, late Cenozoic surface uplift in the California Coast Ranges reflects a small compressive component of deformation across the Pacific-North American plate boundary.

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