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.
|Journal||Annals of Geophysics|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|