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Rise of the Andes

Garzione, CN and Hoke, GD and Libarkin, JC and Withers, Saunia and MacFadden, Bruce and Eiler, John and Ghosh, Prosenjit and Mulch, Andreas (2008) Rise of the Andes. In: Science, 320 (5881). pp. 1304-1307.


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The surface uplift of mountain belts is generally assumed to reflect progressive shortening and crustal thickening, leading to their gradual rise. Recent studies of the Andes indicate that their elevation remained relatively stable for long periods (tens of millions of years), separated by rapid (1 to 4 million years) changes of 1.5 kilometers or more. Periodic punctuated surface uplift of mountain belts probably reflects the rapid removal of unstable, dense lower lithosphere after long-term thickening of the crust and lithospheric mantle.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Science
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:46
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/14353

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