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Possibly contributing to the rapid uplift is the tectonic extension in Nevada and a response to flow in the mantle. Seismologists indicate the mountain range may have risen when a fragment of lower plate peeled off the bottom of the lithosphere allowing the "speedy" uplift, like a ship that has lost its keel. In comparison, other ranges, such as the Alps or Andes, are being formed in an entirely different process caused by contraction as two plates collide.
Originally posted by Aleister
reply to post by oghamxx
Please give more data in the initial post. How much of a rise? How rapidly? Things like that would help clarify what the thread concerns. Thanks.
1 to 2 millimeters per year. That’s roughly a half-inch every 10 years.