From the computed crustal thermal structure, the temperature history of rock particles that, following an imposed tectonic scenario, are exhumed at the Earth's surface, is derived.
These paths can then be used to compute apparent isotopic ages for a range of geochronometers.
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The maximum range of elevation is 4400 meters in the south to 2700 meters in the north with a total length approaching 643km (Hill 2006).
This collision caused subduction of the oceanic Farallon plate creating vast masses of magma which rose and crystallized to form the core of the mountain range we see today.
In addition to the periods of magmatic intrusion the region went through several different phases of geological setting presenting itself in the sedimentary and metasedimentary rock structures visible today.
This fault is the catalyst for many of the well known earthquakes in the California area during modern history (Bolt 2006).
) is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Basin and Range Province.