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The Rocky Mountain Region: An Evolving Lithosphere: Tectonics, Geochemistry, and Geophysics


Series: Geophysical Monograph Series Volume: 154

By: Karl E Karlstrom (Editor), G Randy Keller (Editor)

442 pages, colour & b/w illustrations, colour & b/w maps

American Geophysical Union

Hardback | Jan 2005 | #231325 | ISBN: 087590419X
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The Rocky Mountains provide a key region for understanding the evolution of the western North American continent and processes that shape continents in general.

As a result, the region has prompted intense and pioneering geologic investigations for over a century, offering scientists an exceptionally rich field laboratory in which to gather data and to make and test interpretations. The Continental Dynamics of the Rocky Mountain (CD-ROM) experiment (1995-2004), from which The Rocky Mountain Region: An Evolving Lithosphere derives, follows in this tradition, motivated by three leading questions: how are continents initially formed and stabilized; how do old lithospheric structures and boundaries influence younger tectonic events; and how did processes related to the plate boundary affect the evolution of the Cenozoic Rocky Mountains? To successfully answer such questions requires integrated studies focused from the surface, through the crust, into the mantle, and with a four-dimensional approach that also encompasses the time dimension.


      Karl E. Karlstrom and G. Randy Keller ix
      Karl E. Karlstrom and G. Randy Keller 1
Tectonics, Structure Geology, Regional Geophysics 2D Laramide Geometries and Kinematics of the Rocky Mountains, Western U.S.A.
      Eric A. Erslev 7
Complex Proterozoic Crustal Assembly of Southwestern North America in an Arcuate Subduction System: The Black Canyon of the Cunnison, Southwestern Colorado
      Micah I. Jessup, Karl E. Karlstrom, James Connelly, Michael Williams, Richard Livaccari, Amanda Tyson, and Steven A. Rogers 21
Signs From the Precambrian: The Geologic Framework of Rocky Mountain Region Derived From Aeromagnetic Data
      Carol A. Finn and Paul K. Sims 39
Low-Temperature Cooling Histories of the Cheyenne Belt and Laramie Peak Shear Zone, Wyoming, and the Soda Creek-Fish Creek Shear Zone, Colorado
      Shari A. Kelley 55
The Proterozoic Ancestry of the Colorado Mineral Belt: 1.4 Ga Shear Zone System in Central Colorado
      Annie M. McCoy, Karl E. Karlstrom, Colin A. Shay and Michael L. Williams 71
Structure of the North Park and South Park Basins, Colorado: An Integrated Geophysical Study
      Leandro Treviiio and G. Randy Keller 91
Gravity Modeling of the Colorado Mineral Belt
      Annie M. McCoy, Mousumi Roy, Lendro Treviiio, and G. Randy Keller 99
Paleomagnetic and Geochronologic Data Bearing on the Timing, Evolution, and Structure of the Cripple Creek Diatreme Complex and Related Rocks, Front Range, Colorado
      Jason S. Rampe, John IN Geissman, Mark B. Melker, and Matthew T: Heizler 107
Isostatic Constraints on Lithospheric Thermal Evolution: Application to the Proterozoic Orogen of the Southwestern United States
      R. M. Flowers, L. H. Royden, and S. A. Bowring 125

Geochemistry, Geochronology and Xenolith Studies
Contrasting Lower Crustal Evolution Across an Archean-Proterozoic Suture: Physical, Chemical and Ceochronologic Studies of Lower Crustal Xenoliths in Southern Wyoming and Northern Colorado
   G. Lang Farmer, Samuel A. Bowring, Michael L. Williams, Nikolas I. Christensen, Jennifer T. Matzel, and Liane Stevens 139
40Ar/39ArT hermochronologic Record of I.45 - 1.35 Ga lntracontinental Tectonism in the Southern Rocky Mountains: Interplay of Conductive and Advective Heating with lntracontinental Deformation
      Colin A. Shaw, Matthew T. Heizler, and Karl E. Karlstrom 163
Characterization and Age of the Mesoproterozoic Debaca Sequence in the Tucumcari Basin, New Mexico
      Jose FA. Amarante, Shari A. Kelley, Matthew T. Heizler, Melanie A. Barnes, Kate C. Miller, and Elizabeth L: Anthony 185

Controlled Source Seismic Studies
Background and Overview of Previous Controlled Source Seismic Studies
      Claus Prodehl, Roy A. Johnson, G. Randy Keller . Catherine M. Snelson, and Hanna-Maria Rumpel 201
Inter-Wedging Nature of the Cheyenne Belt-Archean-Proterozoic Suture Defined by Seismic Reflection Data
      E. A. Morozova, X. Wan, K. R. Chamberlain, S. B. Smithson, R. Johnson, and K. E. Karlstrom 217
Seismic Investigation of the Yavapai-Mazatzal Transition Zone and the Jemez Lineament in Northeastern New Mexico
      Maria Beatrice Magnani, Alan Levander, Kate C. Miller, Tefera Eshete, and Karl E. Karlstrom 227
Listric Thrust Faulting in the Laramide Front of North-Central New Mexico Guided by Precambrian Basement Structures
      Maria Beatrice Magnani, Alan Levander, Eric A. Erslev, Nicole Bolay-Koenig, and Karl E. Karlstrom 239
An lntegrated Geophysical Study of the Southeastern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico: Summary
      Oscar Quezada, G. Randy Keller, and Christopher Andronicos 253
An lntegrated Geophysical Analysis of the Great Divide Basin and Adjacent Uplifts, Southwestern Wyoming: Summary
      Veronica I. Cline and G. Randy Keller 255
Results of the CD-ROM Project Seismic RefractionIWide-Angle Reflection Experiment: The Upper and Middle Crust
      Hanna-Maria Rumpel, Claus Prodehl, Catherine M. Snelson, and G. Randy Keller 257
Regional Crustal Structure Derived from the CD-ROM 99 Seismic RefractionIWide-Angle Reflection Profile: The Lower Crust and Upper Mantle
      Catherine M. Snelson, G. Randy Keller, Kate C. Miller, Hanna-Maria Rumpel, and Claus Prodehl 271
Crust and Upper Mantle Velocity Structure of the Southern Rocky Mountains from the Jemez Lineament to the Cheyenne Belt
      Alan Levander, Colin Zelt, and Maria Beatrice Magnani  293

Passive Source Seismic Studies
Passive Source Seismology of the Rocky Mountain Region
      Anne Sheehan, Vera Schulte-Pelkum, Oliver Boyd, and Charles Wilson 309
Lithospheric Stratigraphy Beneath the Southern Rocky Mountains, USA
      Brian Zurek and Ken Dueker 317
Upper Mantle Tomographic Vp and V, Images of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico: Evidence for a Thick Heterogeneous Chemical Lithosphere
      Huaiyu Yuan and Ken Dueker 329
Upper Mantle Anisotropy Beneath Precambrian Province Boundaries, Southern Rocky Mountains
      Otina C, Fox and Anne E Sheehan 347
Attenuation Tomography Beneath the Rocky Mountain Front: Implications for the Physical State of the Upper Mantle
      0liver S. Boydand, Anne F Sheehan 367
CD-ROM interstation Pn Study Along the Rio Grande Rift
      Lynda A. Lastowka and Anne F. Sheehan 379
Rayleigh Wave Constraints on Shear-Wave Structure and Azimuthal Anisotropy Beneath the Colorado Rocky Mountains
      Aibing Li, Donald W Forsyth, and Karen M. Fischer 385

Synthesis Papers
The Dynamic Nature of the Continental Crust-Mantle Boundary: Crustal Evolution in the Southern Rocky Mountain Region as an Example
      G. Randy Keller, Karl E. Karlstrom, Michael L. Williams, Kate C. Miller, Christopher Andronicos, Alan R. Levander, Catherine M. Snelson, and Claus Prodehl 403
Synthesis of Results From the CD-ROM Experiment: 4-D Image of the Lithosphere Beneath the Rocky Mountains and Implications for Understanding the Evolution of Continental Lithosphere
      Karl E. Karlstrom, Steven 1. Whitmeyer, Ken Dueker, Michael L. Williams, Samuel A. Bowring, Alan Levander, E. D. Humphreys, G. Randy Keller, and the CD-ROM Working Group 421

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