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The Origin of Mountains

The Origin of Mountains by Cliff Ollier
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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.
Taylor and Francis; August 2004
368 pages; ISBN 9781134638789
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Title: The Origin of Mountains
Author: Cliff Ollier; Colin Pain
 
ISBNs
0203005902
9780203005903
9780415198899
9781134638789
9781134638796