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Rice University Geologist Leads Team Effort to Solve Mystery of the Colorado Plateau
April 27, 2011
A team of scientists led by Rice University has figured out why the Colorado Plateau--a 130,000-square-mile region that straddles Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico--is rising, even while parts of its lower crust appear to be falling. The massive, tectonically stable region of the Western United States has long puzzled geologists.
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