Tectonic History of the Western United States

GEOL 5690, Spring 2024

Meet: Wednesdays and Fridays 11:30-12:45, BESC 440E.

Instructor: Craig Jones, ESCI 440C, cjones@colorado.edu

Text: Turcotte and Schubert, Geodynamics, 2nd or 3rd edition.
      Baldridge, Geology of the American Southwest is optional
      Stüwe, Geodynamics of the Lithosphere: An Introduction can be helpful


Syllabus (mostly updated for 2024)


Schedule (older agenda items on a separate page)

Friday, 4/19: Shatsky Conjugate, Alternative models. How do we know there was a Shatsky conjugate? How can we decide where it was? How do we determine its effect on the surface? What should alternative models predict? What options are there?

Wednesday, 4/24: Paleoelevation. What approaches work for getting ancient elevations? What are the assumptions? What are the weaknesses? Focus will be on "Nevadaplano"; consider the differences in interpretations of these two papers and why they do differ:


Sketching out the remainder of the term


Handouts: (subject to updating)

Final project 2021: Plateau Subduction and the Laramide Orogeny

Final Project 2016: Final Hildebrand analyses online here

Our set of points used to examine to test the hypothesis of Hildebrand.
The papers by Hildebrand we examined in 2016:




Please send mail to cjones@colorado.edu if you encounter any problems or have suggestions.

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