Geology Final Exam: Mountain Building

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  1. What are fault-block mountains?
    Large blocks of rock created by tectonic and localized stresses in the Earth's crust(Basin and Range Province)
  2. Define orogenesis
    Processes that collectively produce a mountain belt
  3. Define Terrane
    Small crustal fragments that collide and merge with continental margin.
  4. Define Suture
    A joining together along a major fault zone
  5. Define Isostasy
    the state of gravitational equilibrium between the earth's lithosphere and asthenosphere
  6. Compare and contrast the Sierras and the Cascades.
    Sierras: O/C Convergent, Batholith, Intrusive Igneous Rocks

    Cascades: O/C Convergent, Composite Cone, Extrusive Igneous Rocks
  7. Describe the subduction of the Farallon Plate and the effects on California geology.
    Farallon plate subducted faster than it was being created at the divergent plate boundary. Juan De Fuca is a remnant of the Farallon Plate
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Geology Final Exam: Mountain Building
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