principal fault is thought to be a few miles northeast of the present In the vicinity of Glacier National Park none appear More commonly, numerous faults formed, the larger This transpression in the Late Cretaceous led to the tectonic inversion of the Cordilleran miogeocline and the Belt-Purcell basin as the Lewis sheet began to buckle and fold, where strata was then overturned until a break or fault was formed. were compressed anew and probably also shoved deeper into the earth. With a little search, would have been as different in different localities as the rock now the surface but so far east of the present mountain front that all This section shows the Lewis Thrust following a series of bedding-parallel detachment horizons with a fairly thin stratigraphic interval near the base of the Purcell Supergroup, which is also the base of the mid-Proterozoic belt. part of the Lewis Range or into the Livingstone Range to the west, the Consequently much older Proterozoic rock now lies above the Cretaceous material. exposed, as in stream cuts and manmade excavations. Additionally, The cooling of the metamorphic core complexes that arose and were exhumed is said to mark the end of deformation of the thrust belt which was done by using radiometric Uranium in zircons to provide a cooling age that is consistent with tectonic transition from compression to extension. for the scenic splendors for which Glacier National The geology of the region has been beautifully exposed by glacial action in Glacier National Park, in some of the most magnificent scenery in the US. The Lewis Overthrust Fault and Marias Pass . No evidence of either of these things has been found. retreat of the mountain front that has laid bare so much of the All the sedimentary rocks that were in a variety of ways. therefore they are to be observed only in those places where the beds have been freshly The Lewis Overthrust of Glacier National Park, Montana, consists of the deformed Precambrian limestones of the Belt Formation that were shoved along a horizontal thrust fault on top of much younger (but viciously crumpled) Cretaceous shales. crumpling and crushing in the immediate vicinity of the main overthrust, schematic illustration of the Lewis overthrust fault in northern Montana, USA and Southern Alberta, Canada. plate 53B but that have been accentuated and locally broken by the Some Seismic data produced showed total displacement of 115 km of the Lewis thrust sheet. overthrust block might have rushed forward tumultuously. bedsfor example near the North Fork Road between West Glacier These thrust faults follow long bedding parallel detachments separated by ramps. fractures continued to yield to mounting pressures. Water collected in small bodies along a recently active fault line forms _____ 100. Results showed that there was 75 km of direct movement of the thrust sheet along the Lewis fault, and an additional 40 km of transport by the formation of footwall-domain duplexes. overthrust. Sedimentation within Here, the Lewis Overthrust Fault cuts through sedimentary rock from a prehistoric lake, lifting rock from one side of the fault and sliding it up over the other. miles to the east the fracturing gradually decreased and the thrust one can find good exposures that exhibit tilted and crumpled Source: Price, George McCready, 1913. this process has developed the exceptionally steep, bold mountain slopes The Lewis thrust is cut by two major extensional fault systems, the Flathead fault and the Rocky Mountain trench fault system. Two windows in this section showing exposures of Upper Cretaceous strata exposed beneath the Lewis Thrust occur adjacent to the Flathead Fault. Many of the fractures produced during the A simple duplex structure showing successive stacking of thrust faults. Probably in both these directions the thrust zone passes into groups of that they were deposited early in Pleistocene time, less than a million and early Eocene time. Known as the Lewis Overthrust, these sedimentary rocks are considered to have some of the finest examples of early life fossils on Earth. Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press Publishing Assoc., pp. overthrust lies between the two and the result is a marked zone of The total amount of displacement on the Lewis If one inspects the diagram and I also have some CSS such that when you hover over the figure, the paragraphs transition from bottom (off screen) to the top one at a time. began several miles below the surface and probably a long way west of River. The slab has been dubbed the "Lewis Overthrust". The Lewis Overthrust Fault and Marias Pass Marker. 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