460:307 Structural Geology

Footwall Uplift Mountains

The Teton Range in Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyoming. The mountains are the result of footwall uplift on the Teton normal fault. The height of the mountain range is greatest near the center of the range and decreases to zero at the tips, mimicking the displacement geometry on the normal fault. The flat area in the foreground is the top surface of the sedimentary basin that occupies the downdropped hanging-wall block. RWS photo.

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