Journal Highlights

Detrital zircons from the Nanaimo basin, Vancouver Island, British Columbia: an independent test of Late Cretaceous to Cenozoic northward translation

Editors’ Highlights­­—

The North America Cordillera is one of the most-studied mountain belts in the world. There has been a dominant theory about its evolution for the last 40 years. This paper is the first substantial effort in a decade that involves the use of a geological data set to try to test different models of Cordilleran development. It takes account of a substantial set of paleomagnetic data that points to much of the orogen having been located thousands of kilometers south relative to cratonic North America as recently as 70 million years ago. As such, this is an important step in resolving the intractable issue of cordilleran development.