How the West was done
Tectonic history of North America’s Pacific Rim gets even more jumbled
By Erin Wayman, 14:11 PM April 3, 2013
The building of western North America wasn’t a simple construction job. Multiple sections of seafloor slid beneath the continent and each other like conveyor belts, researchers suggest, bringing islands in from different directions and pasting them to the western edge of North America in a jumble of rugged terrain.
“It’s a major change in how we view the tectonic history of North America,” says geophysicist Don Forsyth of Brown University in Providence, R.I., who wasn’t involved in the wor...
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