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The Strange History of the Rocky Mountains

The origin of the Rocky Mountains is shrouded in mystery

The Rocky Mountains are unique among mountain ranges on Earth today. There are four typical ways mountain ranges are created. None of them to apply to the Rockies. Rather, the uplift of the Rockies appears to be related to the dramatic down warping to form a shallow sea and then mile high up warping of central North America.

The Rocky Mountains

North American Continental Divide viewed from Wondervu, Colorado

The North American Continental Divide viewed from Wondervu, Colorado