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The Origin of Mountains - Cliff Ollier

The Origin of Mountains

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The Origins of Mountains approaches mountains from facts about mountain landscapes rather than theory. The book illustrates that almost everywhere, mountains arose by vertical uplift of a former plain, and by a mixture of cracking and warping by earth movements, and erosion by rivers and glaciers, the present mountainous landscapes were created. It also gives evidence that this uplift only occured in the last few million years, a time scale which does not fit the plate tectonics theory.
Another fascinating part of the evidence, shows that mountain uplift correlates very well with climatic change. Mountain building could have been responsible for the onset of the ice age. It certainly resulted in the creation of new environments. Fossil plants and animals are used in places to work out the time of mountain uplift, which in turn helps to explain biogeographical distributions.

List of figuresp. viii
List of tablesp. xv
Prefacep. xvi
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
Introductionp. 1
Simple plateaus and erosional mountainsp. 21
Fault block mountainsp. 41
European mountainsp. 60
Western North Americap. 96
The Andesp. 112
Asian mountainsp. 128
Mountains with gravity structuresp. 150
Volcanoes and granite mountainsp. 168
Mountains on passive marginsp. 193
Plains and planation surfaces, drainage and climatep. 227
Problems of mountain tectonicsp. 271
Science and the origin of mountainsp. 311
Referencesp. 316
Indexp. 336
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ISBN: 9780415198905
ISBN-10: 0415198909
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 18th October 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1