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young mountain belt crustal type


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A type of very unstable crust, averaging 55km in thickness, but in some areas up to 70 km, and rising to elevations sometimes greater than 3km. It occurs in regions where there has been recent and often rapid uplift, and compression resulting in extensive folding (see fold) and thrusting (see thrust) of sedimentary rocks.

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