The Basin ranges of western America stand for a distinctive type of mountain-building. Their characteristic structures are regarded as unique because of their extreme simplicity and because their genesis is ascribable to normal faulting on a gigantic scale. Of late years many of the earlier notions concerning the formation of these mountain ranges are being called into question; and the structural problems themselves appear to be farther than ever from satisfactory solution. As landscape features it now seems probable that instead of being regarded as strictly structural phenomena the present mountains are to be considered mainly remnantal erosional effects produced under the peculiar conditions of an arid climate during the progress of general desert-leveling.
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Keyes, Charles R.
"Some Relations of the Older and Younger Tectonics of the Great Basin Region,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 15(1), 145-146.
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