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Contemporary Doming of the Adirondack Mountains; Further Evidence From Releveling

TitleContemporary Doming of the Adirondack Mountains; Further Evidence From Releveling
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1981
AuthorsIsachsen, YW
The Adirondack Mountains constitute an anomalously large, domical uplift on the Appalachian foreland. The dome has a NNE—SSW axis about 190 km long, and an east—west dimension of about 140 km. It has a structural relief of at least 1600 m, and a local topographic relief of up to 1200 m. First-order leveling in 1955, and again in 1973 along a north—south line at the eastern margin of the Adirondack shows an uplift rate of 2.2 mm/yr at the latitude of the center of the dome and a subsidence rate of 2.8 mm/yr at the northern end of the line near the Canadian border. The net amount of arching along this releveled line is 9 cm ± 2 cm (Isachsen, 1975). To test the idea that this arching represented an “edge effect” of contemporary doming of the Adirondacks as a whole, the National Geodetic Survey was encouraged to relevel a 1931 north—south line between Utica and Fort Covington (near the Canadian border) which crosses the center of the dome. The releveling showed that the mountain mass is undergoing contemporary domical uplift at a rate which reaches 3.7 mm/yr near the center of the dome (compare with 1 mm/yr for the Swiss Alps). Three other releveled lines in the area support this conclusion.