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Learning with Trista: Formation of the Rocky Mountians.

Presentation for a College Geology Class. Topic Rocky Mountians. Feel free to use for your own educational needs

Trista Styles

on 1 November 2014

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Transcript of Learning with Trista: Formation of the Rocky Mountians.

Ancient Sea Bed
Rocky Mountains were formed in the late Cretaceous period
Rocky Mountians
The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3,000 miles.
(2nd longest in the world)
Andes, Rockies, Himalayas ( half the length of the Rockies)
Sir Alexander McKenzie became the first European to cross the Rocky Mountains. Completing the first recorded transcontinental crossing of the region.
Formation of the Rockies
During Subduction of the Pacific oceanic crust, instead of diving deep into the mantel for destruction , it dives very shallow and pushes just under the North American Tectonic Plate inward 1000's of miles
Formation of Mountians
When plates collide or undergo subduction, the plates tend to buckle and fold, forming mountains. Most of the major continental mountain ranges are associated with thrusting and folding
Used to be a sea where the Rocky Mountians now lay.
BC, Canada
Montana, US
Wyoming, US
Colorado, US
Highest peak in Central North America,
Mount Elbert
, is located in Colorado, with an altitude of 14,440 ft.
Highest peak in the Canadian Rocky Region of British Columbia is Mount Robson with an altitude of 12,972 ft.
Climate and Wildlife
The regions surrounding the Rocky Mountains have mild summers and cold winters with a lot of precipitation. However, as the altitude increases, weather and climate can change rather quickly and become unpredictable.
Yellowstone and Rocky Mountian National Park (almost 100 yrs old).

Within these national parks in the Rocky Mountain ranges, they are a home to a great deal of well known animal species such as elk, moose, mule and white-tailed deer, pronghorns, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, black bears, grizzly bears, coyotes, lynxes, and wolverines, and also some rather unknown species. The region is also home to a vast variety of floral, bird life and 6 species of insects at the national park are found nowhere else on earth.
With so much to offer, people from across the world visit the popular destinations around the Rockies for recreational activities like hiking, trekking, camping, hunting, fishing, skiing, biking, snowboarding, and bunch of other sports.
Natural Resources
Rocky Mountains strengthen the backbone of North American economy as the surrounding regions are known to possess significant deposits of minerals such as copper, gold, lead, silver and zinc. Major amounts of coal, natural gas, oil shale, and petroleum are also known to be found in the Wyoming Basin.
The Green River Formation, the world's largest oil shale deposit, is located in a largely vacant region of mostly federal land on the western edge of the Rocky Mountains that includes portions of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.
"The Green River Formation—an assemblage of over 1,000 feet of sedimentary rocks that lie beneath parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming—contains the world’s largest deposits of oil shale.

More About Red Rocks
Went Extinct 70 million years ago
The Rocky Mountians
Thank you :)
By: Trista Styles
The Rocky Mountians
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