Editors: B.C. Burchfiel, P.W. Lipman, and M.L. Zoback
Six of the 17 chapters in this work comprise a series of time slices synthesizing the latest Proterozoic to the latest Devonian; late Paleozoic, early Mesozoic, Late Jurassic to early Cretaceous; late Cretaceous to early Eocene; and post-Laramide geologic and tectonic history. Ten topical chapters provide overviews of regional, extensional, strike-slip, and fold and thrust tectonics, magmatism, metamorphism, sedimentary assemblages, metallogenic evolution, ophiolites, and paleomagnetics. Accompanying plates, many in color, include a regional tectonostratigraphic map, a series of time-slice syntheses, specialized maps showing patterns of metamorphism and of crustal extension, and a balanced cross-section across the Cordilleran thrust belt. Published as part of the Decade of North American Geology (DNAG) Geology of North America series.