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Isostasy and Mountain Building

C. O. Swanson
The Journal of Geology
Vol. 36, No. 5 (Jul. - Aug., 1928), pp. 411-433
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30055875
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

The purpose of the paper is to formulate a working hypothesis of isostasy that will be acceptable to both geologists and geodesists. Most of the discussion is devoted to the removal of two obstacles that have caused much confusion, the belief that the geodetic calculations can be used to define the degree of crustal balance, and the claim that the theory of isostasy conflicts with the geologic concept that the folding in mountains is due to regional compressive stresses in the earth's crust.

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