Late cenozoic uplift of Denali and its relation to relative plate motion and fault morphology

Paul G. Fitzgerald, Edmund Stump, Thomas F. Redfield

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Apatite fission-track analysis of samples that cover a 4-kilometer vertical section from the western flank of Denali (Mount McKinley), North America's highest mountain, suggests that the mountain massif was formed by rapid uplift (>1 kilometer per million years) beginning ∼6 million years ago (Ma). Uplift was a result of the morphology of the Denali fault and a change in motion of the Pacific plate with respect to North America at ∼5 Ma, which created opposing tangential vectors of relative movement along the fault and forced the intervening crustal blocks upward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-499
Number of pages3
Issue number5094
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes


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