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Tertiary Paleogeography and Tectonic History, Central Arizona
This website presents images and text depicting the paleogeography and tectonic evolution of central Arizona during the Tertiary period. Emphasis is on an evolving Oligocene to Miocene drainage system that documents the existence of the Mogollon Rim, the southern physiographic boundary of the Colorado Plateau. The goal of this page is to demonstrate the evolution of stream systems in relation to complex, dynamic, tectonic events in the Southwest including the Laramide orogeny, Cenozoic core complexes, Basin and Range faulting, and Cenozoic volcanism. This is done through photographs, stratigraphic columns and cross-sections of area geology.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Map
    • Photograph
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-769
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Sedona and the Verde Valley Region'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Ronald Blakey
Northern Arizona University, Department of Geology