Cenozoic Tectonics of Western North America Controlled by Evolving Width of Farallon Slab

@article{Schellart2010CenozoicTO,
  title={Cenozoic Tectonics of Western North America Controlled by Evolving Width of Farallon Slab},
  author={Wouter Pieter Schellart and Dave R. Stegman and R. Farrington and Justin Freeman and Louis Moresi},
  journal={Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={329},
  pages={316 - 319}
}
Cenozoic Tectonics The Basin and Range Province of western North America—exemplified by the alternating mountain ridge and valley landscapes across nearly the entire U.S. state of Nevada—started to form ∼50 million years ago through a series of extensions of the continental crust. Prior to that, massive mountain-building collisions at the boundary between North America and the Pacific Ocean formed a subduction zone and compressed the continent. By combining observations of global subduction… 
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