Cordilleran Benioff zones

Peter J. Coney, Stephen Reynolds

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Abstract

Ages of late Mesozoic-early Cainozoic igneous rocks in south-western North America indicate a magmatic arc initiated near the continental margin, swept over 1,000 km northeastward, then swept back, all in 110 Myr. The sweep in and return are interpreted as due to flattening of a Benioff zone to < 15°followed by rapid collapse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-406
Number of pages4
JournalNature
Volume270
Issue number5636
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StatePublished - 1977

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Cordilleran Benioff zones. / Coney, Peter J.; Reynolds, Stephen.

In: Nature, Vol. 270, No. 5636, 1977, p. 403-406.

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Coney, PJ & Reynolds, S 1977, 'Cordilleran Benioff zones', Nature, vol. 270, no. 5636, pp. 403-406. https://doi.org/10.1038/270403a0
Coney, Peter J. ; Reynolds, Stephen. / Cordilleran Benioff zones. In: Nature. 1977 ; Vol. 270, No. 5636. pp. 403-406.
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