Mountain uplift and the Neotectonic Period

Clifford Ollier

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    Mountains result from uplift of former plains to make plateaus, which are dissected to various degrees. There are no 'fold mountains'. When folded rocks underlie mountains the folding pre-dates planation and uplift. The one exception is post-uplift gravity spreading of very large fault blocks. A compilation of times of uplift of mountains around the world is presented, and most show uplift in the last few million years, a time known as the Neotectonic Period. This is significant in many aspects of global tectonics, geomorphology and climate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)437-450
    JournalAnnals of Geophysics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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