Mentor: Dr. Arlo Weil
The kinematic evolution of curved mountain belts can be examined by combining several different types of paleomagnetic analyses with detailed structural studies of finite strain. The combination of these methods provides a data set varied enough to produce quantifiable data that can be compared to general patterns of curvature in mountain belts. While many mountain belts have been assessed in this method, not much analysis has done on what occurs simultaneously farther into the foreland of the continent. We are now examining the expression of orogenies(mountain building events) in locations further away from the source of deformation, as well as seeing if the same analytical methods can still be used to create a rigorous model for the dynamics of the creation of a mountain chain.