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actors A!!ecting "e!or#ation
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 Factors that influence the strength of a rock
and how it will deform include temperature,
confining pressure, rock type, and time.

Stress is the force per unit area acting on a solid.

Strain is the change in shape or volume of a
body of rock as a result of stress.
- Most crustal deformation occurs along plate

"e!or#ation is a general term that refers to all
changes in the original shape and/or size of a
rock body.
actors A!!ecting "e!or#ation
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 emperature and !ressure

"ocks deform permanently in two ways# brittle
deformation and ductile deformation.
- $uctile deformation is a type of solid state flow
that produces a change in the size and shape
of an ob%ect without fracturing the ob%ect.
- &rittle deformation is the fracturing of an ob%ect
once its strength is e'ceeded.
actors A!!ecting "e!or#ation
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 "ock ype
 ime

Forces that are unable to deform rock when first
applied may cause rock to flow if the force is
maintained over a long period of time.

Mineral composition and te'ture of a rock also
greatly affect how it will deform.
T%pes o! Stress
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 he three types of stresses that rocks
commonly undergo are tensional stress,
compressional stress, and shear stress.
T%pes o! Stress
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 (nticlines

Anticlines are most commonly formed by the
upfolding, or arching, of rock layers.
 )ynclines
 Monoclines

Monoclines are large step-like folds in otherwise
horizontal sedimentary strata.

S%nclines are linear downfolds in sedimentary

)ynclines are often found in association with
Anticlines and S%nclines
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 *ormal Faults

Nor#al !aults occur when the hanging wall block
moves down relative to the footwall block.
 "everse Faults and hrust Faults

Re&erse !aults are faults in which the hanging
wall block moves up relative to the footwall block.

Thrust !aults are reverse faults with dips less
than +,
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 -oints

-oints are fractures along which no appreciable
movement has occurred.
 )trike-)lip Fault

Strike'slip !aults are faults in which the
movement is horizontal and parallel to the trend,
or strike, of the fault surface.
our T%pes o! aults
olded Mountains
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 Folded Mountains

Mountains that are formed primarily by folding
are called !olded #ountains.
 Mountains are classified by the dominant
processes that have formed them.

*rogenesis is the collection of processes that
result in the forming of mountains.
olded Mountains
ault'Block Mountains
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 .arge-scale normal faults are associated
with structures called fault-block

ault'block #ountains are formed as large
blocks of crust are uplifted and tilted along
normal faults.

+rabens are formed by the downward
displacement of fault-bounded blocks.

Horsts are elongated, uplifted blocks of crust
bounded by faults$
ault'Block Mountains
"o#es and Basins
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 /hen upwarping produces a circular or
elongated structure, the feature is called a

,pli!ted #ountains are circular or elongated
structures formed by uplifting of the underlying
basement rock.
"o#ed Mountains
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 Most mountain building occurs at
convergent plate boundaries. 0olliding
plates provide the compressional forces
that fold, fault, and metamorphose the
thick layers of sediments deposited at the
edges of landmasses.
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 1cean-1cean 0onvergence

1cean-ocean convergence mainly produces
volcanic mountains.
 1cean-0ontinental 0onvergence

he types of mountains formed by ocean-
continental convergence are volcanic mountains
and folded mountains.

(n accretionar% .edge is the accumulation of
different sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
with some scraps of ocean crust.
*cean'*cean Con&ergence
*cean'Continental Con&ergence
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 0ontinental-0ontinental 0onvergence

(t a convergent boundary between two plates
carrying continental crust, a collision between
the continental fragments will result and form
folded mountains.
Continental'Continental Con&ergence
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 he mountains that form along ocean
ridges at divergent plate boundaries are
fault-block type mountains.
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Continental Accretion
Non'Boundar% Mountains
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 *ot all mountains are formed by plate
boundaries. )ome are formed by hot spots
or regional e'tension or stretching.
Continental Accretion
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 erranes

Terranes are any crustal fragments that have a
geologic history distinct from that of the ad%oining
 Accretion is a process that occurs when
crustal fragments collide with and stay
connected to a continental plate.

erranes occur along the !acific 0oast.
Accretion in /estern North A#erica
0rinciples o! Isostas%
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Isostas% is the concept that 2arth3s crust is
floating in gravitational balance upon the material
of the mantle.
 4sostatic (d%ustment for Mountains

&ecause of isostasy, deformed and thickened
crust will undergo regional uplift both during
mountain building and for a long period afterward.

Isostatic ad1ust#ent is the process of
establishing a new level of gravitational
Isostatic Ad1ust#ent
Isostatic Ad1ust#ent in Mountains