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Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel

Abstract

Millions of years ago, the North American continent was dragged over the world's largest continental hotspot, a huge column of hot and molten rock rising from the Earth's interior that traced a 50-mile wide, 500-mile-long path northeastward across Idaho. Generating cataclysmic volcanic eruptions and large earthquakes, the hotspot helped lift the Yellowstone Plateau to more than 7,000 feet and pushed the northern Rockies to new heights, forming unusually large glaciers to carve the landscape. It also created the jewel of the U.S. national park system: Yellowstone. Meanwhile, forces stretching a ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195105964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195105964.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert B. Smith, author

Lee J. Siegel, author