Late Cretaceous-Paleocene synorogenic sedimentation and kinematic history of the Sevier thrust belt, northeast Utah and southwest Wyoming

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Integration of cross-cutting structural relationships, overlapping sedimentary units, new conglomerate provenance data, and radiometric and palynological dates provides a basis for reinterpretation of the distribution and timing of Late Cretaceous through Paleocene thrust faulting in the northeast Utah-southwest Wyoming part of the Sevier thrust belt. These data indicate a general eastward progression of deformation that was punctuated by local out-of-sequence and hinterlandward-verging events. Provenance data delimit a sequential restoration of a regional cross section. Comparison of the sequential restoration with the Late Cretaceous subsidence history and isopach patterns in the distal foreland basin of western Wyoming demonstrates that the principal controls on regional subsidence and sediment supply were the growth and erosion of the Wasatch culmination. Growth of the duplex beneath the culmination may have been a means of maintaining critical taper in the thrust wedge. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-56
Number of pages25
JournalGeological Society of America Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


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