The Geology of the Yukon

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The Yukon is an interesting geological area that exhibits many geological features. The Yukon is home to two major faults the tallest mountain in Canada volcanoes and an interesting past, but how does geology impact and shape the Yukon?

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The Geology of the YukonMichael DorseyDavid PalmieriCanada 111B05/10/12Michael DorseyDavid PalmieriCanada 111B05/10/12The Geology of the YukonThe Yukon is an interesting geological area that exhibits many geological features. The Yukon is home to two major faults the tallest mountain in Canada volcanoes and an interesting past, but how does geology impact and shape the Yukon? The Yukon is not part of the Canadian Shield which is the tectonically stable interior of the continent. Because all of the continents are on plates that are constantly drifting on the athenosphere the edges of the plates are under stress either splitting apart or colliding together. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is the divide where the North American plate is drifting away from the Eurasian plate leaving a gap where magma can ooze up through. The opposite is happening at the San Andreas Fault. The Canadian Shield is simply the part of the continent that has had all of the material striped off the top of it leaving just the basement rock. The Yukon has 134 miles of coastline and coastal plain and a 670 mile border with the United States. 8 out of the ten tallest Canadian peaks are in the Yukon. The Yukon is home to Mt. Logan the tallest mountain in Canada at a summit altitude of 19,551ft above sea level. It is also still rising because of tectonic uplift. It was named after SirWilliam Edmond Logan, a geologistand the founder of theGeological Survey of Canada. The Yukon

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