Credit: PETER MATULAVICH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Camera pans 650 kilometer-long Sierra Nevada mountains in California with the Owens Valley in the foreground. Conceived in volcanism, transformed by seismic forces, and refined by glaciation, the granite peaks of these fault-block mountains rise as high as 4,460 meters and continue to grow higher as one tectonic plate slides past another causing earth-raising ruptures along the Sierra Nevada fault, a spur of the San Andreas.

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Keywords: bend, california, compression, continental drift, convergent boundary, crust, fault block, folded, folding, geologic, geology, landscape, lithosphere, metamorphic rock layer, owens valley, plate tectonics, rain shadow, shell, sierra nevada, sierra nevada mountains

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Sierra Nevada mountains

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