Andean Geosyncline

Andean Geosyncline
Linear trough in the Earth's crust in which rocks were deposited in South America in the Mesozoic Era (248–65 million years ago) and Cenozoic Era (65 million years ago to the present).

A complex history of volcanism, uplift, block faulting, and erosion led eventually to the present configuration of the Andes Mountains.

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      a linear trough in the Earth's crust in which rocks of the Mesozoic Era (251 million to 66 million years ago) and Cenozoic Era (66 million years ago to the present) were deposited in South America. An intense orogenic (mountain-building) event affected the older sediments in the geosyncline in the Late Cretaceous Epoch (100 million to 66 million years ago) and, combined with later deformational episodes, produced a pattern of scattered marine deposition in basins along the western margin of the geosyncline. The total area of deposition was great enough for some geosynclinal segments to be separately named—e.g., the Venezuelan-Peruvian Geosyncline. The rising highland belts provided much coarse sediment, and thicknesses as great as 6,080 m (20,000 feet) are known from early Cenozoic sequences. During middle Cenozoic time, another orogenic phase occurred, accompanied by widespread volcanism. A complex history of intermittent uplift, block faulting, and erosion in late Cenozoic time led to a series of extensive uplifted erosion surfaces in Peru, Bolivia, and elsewhere. Uplift continued through the late Pleistocene Epoch (about 126,000 to 11,800 years ago), giving rise to the present configuration of the Andes (Andes Mountains). Elevations of 4,600 m (15,200 feet) are widespread, and many peaks attain 6,000 m (19,800 feet) or more.

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