A Caltech Library Service

From deep to modern time along the western Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, San Joaquin to Kern River drainages

Saleeby, Jason and Saleeby, Zorka and Sousa, Frank (2013) From deep to modern time along the western Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, San Joaquin to Kern River drainages. In: Geologic excursions from Fresno, California, and the Central Valley: a tour of California's iconic geology. Field Guide (Geological Society of America). No.32. Geological Society of America , Boulder, CO, pp. 37-62. ISBN 9780813700328.

Full text is not posted in this repository. Consult Related URLs below.

Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


This two day field trip presents an overview of ~ 500 m.y. of diverse geologic history along the southwestern Sierra Nevada Foothills, with focus on several profound geologic features that distinguish this part of the western foothills. These features include (1) a highly deformed oceanic Moho section through the Kings River ophiolite, interpreted as a Carboniferous abyssal core complex; (2) Permo-Carboniferous ophiolitic mélange interpreted to have formed and been emplaced along the SW Cordilleran edge transform, along which the early Mesozoic convergent margin initiated; (3) Early Cretaceous mafic rocks of the western Sierra Nevada batholith, which also characterize much of the Great Valley basement; (4) evidence for 1000-m-scale paleo-relief of Late Cretaceous age; (5) anomalous subsidence of the Tulare subbasin of the Great Valley as an expression of ongoing mantle lithosphere delamination; and (6) the Kern arch and Kern range front epeirogenic uplift as an expression of active mantle lithosphere delamination.

Item Type:Book Section
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription​DOIArticle
Sousa, Frank0000-0003-1623-4023
Additional Information:© 2013 Geological Society of America. Accepted 25 January 2013. This research was supported by National Science Foundation grants EAR-8407788, EAR-0230383, and EAR-0606903, and a grant from the George and Betty Moore Foundation. Field excursions, conversations, and written communications with C.J. Busby, J. Gillespie, K. Putirka, R. Cecil, D.D. Miller, J.R. Unruh, J. Wakabayashi, and C.H. Jones have greatly stimulated this research. This is Caltech Tectonics Observatory contribution 221.
Group:Caltech Tectonics Observatory
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Other Numbering System:
Other Numbering System NameOther Numbering System ID
Caltech Tectonics Observatory221
Series Name:Field Guide (Geological Society of America)
Issue or Number:32
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20140805-104812415
Persistent URL:
Official Citation:Saleeby. J., Saleeby. Z., and Sousa. F., 2013. From deep to modem time along the western Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, San Joaquin to Kern River drainages, in Putirka. K., ed., Geologic Excursions from Fresno, California, and the Central Valley: A Tour of Califomia's Iconic Geology: Geological Society of America Field Guide 32. p. 37-62. doi: 10.1130/2013.0032(03).
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:47968
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:05 Aug 2014 21:05
Last Modified:10 Nov 2021 17:52

Repository Staff Only: item control page