Rocky Mountain Formation Kira Vigil

The Rocky Mountains started to form about 170-40 million years ago (Jurassic to Cenozoic periods). They are located Canada through about central New Mexico. The Rocky Mountains formed due to tectonic plates colliding and had earth changing effects on the earth and the people and communities near the area.

Over millions of years the Rocky Mountains formed because a lot of causes. It started with a

normal subduction zone, and then significantly flattened over time it is called a flat-slab subduction. There are other places on earth where this has happened. An example would be like the Himalayas, and the Canadian Rockies. When, the Rockies were forming they pushed up the states on the western side of the United States. The Rocky Mountains are 76 million years old. The highest peak standing is Mount Elbert, located in Colorado. Mount Elbert is 14,440 feet high.

This is Mount Elbert, it is a fourteener.

Soon after, there was a lot of effects on the earth’s surface caused by colliding slabs. The effect on earth’s surface was it ended up creating a mountain and rising the land into the air or above where it used to be. It contributes to the cycles of earth by, all of the rocks being cycled up out of the earth. A question to example this is, how did the red rocks end up where they are today. The Red Rocks did not just appear out of somewhere they had to go through a cycle to get to where they are today. Those are some effects that are on earth’s surface today because of the Rocky Mountains forming.

The Rocky Mountains had a big effect on people and communities around where the formation is. They get a lot of snow due to living near the Rockies in Colorado. The temperature rises 3.4 of the average temperature over a century, which affects the animals and natural resources in Rocky Mountain National Park. Some scientific knowledge has informed the people that are going to live in the Rocky Mountains that they would have to deal with dryer air, and a higher altitude.

The Rocky Mountains formed due to tectonic plates colliding and had earth changing effects on the earth and the people and communities near the area.

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Created with images by nic96 - "rockies cascade mountain rugged" • Pexels - "cold landscape mountain" • nic96 - "rockies cascade mountain rugged" • foto3116 - "South Summit Mt Elbert" • Steven Bratman - "Bear Lake sunset" • BrodyT - "mountain pass snow" • keijj44 - "mountains canada peaks"

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