Passage #503: 8 May 2019
Basin and Range
Much of the American West is dominated by a particular topographic form, in which large flat basins are interrupted by series of long, parallel mountain ranges, all of these produced by extensional faulting as the continent is slowly stretched out. Indeed, the landscape itself is as much a character in the stories we are told about the West as any cowboys, natives and settlers. You will find that this evening's ride, while not being an examination of this geological (or cultural) phenomenon per se, is more or less as advertised: a certain amount of basins; a certain amount of ranginess; and we as figures within.