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Snails tell of the rise and fall of the Tibetan Plateau
Date:8/29/2014

artially reset detrital zircons
William R. Guenthner et al., Dept. of Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA. Published online 26 Aug. 2014; http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B31032.1.

In this manuscript, William Guenthner and colleagues provide new data that demonstrate the age of mountain building processes in the mountain ranges of western Utah. The authors rely upon radiometric dating and a new understanding of nanoscopic processes occurring in the mineral zircon to record some of the oldest ages for mountain uplift in this portion of the Rocky Mountains. Their new data provide support for previous interpretations that the Rocky Mountains in Utah were being uplifted at least 120 million years ago.


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