This Geosphere themed issue is an outgrowth of a Penrose Conference, Origin and Uplift of the Sierra Nevada, California, which was held in Bridgeport, California, August 16–20, 2010. The theme is here expanded to include the Walker Lane, since a large number of the Penrose abstracts were oriented to that topic, and because that region is no less a part of the Sierran story than the high peaks themselves. A fundamental question for the conference and themed issue is “How did the Sierra Nevada form?” The question can mean many things to disparate disciplines. One might refer to the age and origin of the rocks that form the Sierra Nevada batholith, or instead to the time at which such rocks were uplifted to form the topographic crest of the eastern Sierra. One might also speak to the origin of canyons and peaks formed by erosion as much as uplift, or to the time at which the Sierra’s varied present-day ecological zones were established. The answers to these questions can be quite different, but are not necessarily independent, as insights from one may lend insight to another. Finally, the complete story of the Sierra also cannot be told without the tectonic forces that act on the Sierran crust, which involves the evolution of the San Andreas Fault system and the opening of the Gulf of California.
The most recent papers are at the bottom of the list.
Putirka and Busby.
Geosphere, 2011, v. 7, p. 1269-1272, doi:10.1130/GES00761.1
Introduction: Origin and Evolution of the Sierra Nevada and Walker Lane
Colgan et al.
Geosphere, 2011, v. 7, p. 733-755, doi:10.1130/GES00650.1
Oligocene and Miocene arc volcanism in northeastern California: Evidence for post-Eocene segmentation of the subducting Farallon plate
Barth et al.
Geosphere, 2011, v. 7, p. 877-897, doi:10.1130/GES00661.1
Birth of the Sierra Nevada magmatic arc: Early Mesozoic plutonism and volcanism in the east-central Sierra Nevada of California
du Bray and John
Geosphere, 2011, v. 7, p. 1102-1133, doi:10.1130/GES00669.1
Petrologic, tectonic, and metallogenic evolution of the Ancestral Cascades magmatic arc, Washington, Oregon, and northern California
Geosphere, 2011, v. 7, p. 1134-1142, doi:10.1130/GES00664.1
The nature and polygenetic origin of orbicular granodiorite in the Lower Castle Creek pluton, northern Sierra Nevada batholith, California
Henry et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 1-27, doi:10.1130/GES00727.1
Eocene–Early Miocene paleotopography of the Sierra Nevada–Great Basin–Nevadaplano based on widespread ash-flow tuffs and paleovalleys
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 28-43, doi:10.1130/GES00694.1
Origin of the Colorado Mineral Belt
John et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 44-97, doi:10.1130/GES00674.1
Miocene magmatism in the Bodie Hills volcanic field, California and Nevada: A long-lived eruptive center in the southern segment of the ancestral Cascades arc
Cassel et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 229-249, doi:10.1130/GES00671.1
Early Cenozoic topography, morphology, and tectonics of the northern Sierra Nevada and western Basin and Range
Barth et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 250-264, doi:10.1130/GES00737.1
Petrogenetic connections between ash-flow tuffs and a granodioritic to granitic intrusive suite in the Sierra Nevada arc, California
Putirka et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 265-291, doi:10.1130/GES00728.1
Cenozoic volcanism in the Sierra Nevada and Walker Lane, California, and a new model for lithosphere degradation
Lackey et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 292-313, doi:10.1130/GES00745.1
The Fine Gold Intrusive Suite: The roles of basement terranes and magma source development in the Early Cretaceous Sierra Nevada batholith
Chapman et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 314-341, doi:10.1130/GES00740.1
Late Cretaceous gravitational collapse of the southern Sierra Nevada batholith, California
Trexler et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 548-561, doi:10.1130/GES00735.1
Constraints on the history and topography of the Northeastern Sierra Nevada from a Neogene sedimentary basin in the Reno-Verdi area, Western Nevada
Cousens et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p.562-580, doi:10.1130/GES00741.1
Distinct mantle sources for Pliocene-Quaternary volcanism beneath the modern Sierra Nevada and adjacent Great Basin, northern California and western Nevada, USA
Brossy et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 581-591, doi:10.1130/GES00663.1
Map of the late Quaternary active Kern Canyon and Breckenridge faults, southern Sierra Nevada, California
Riley et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 740–751, doi:10.1130/GES00662.1
Transtensional deformation and structural control of contiguous but independent magmatic systems: Mono-Inyo Craters, Mammoth Mountain, and Long Valley Caldera, California
Sutherland et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 752–770, doi:10.1130/GES00770.1
Middle Miocene to early Pliocene oblique extension in the southern Gulf of California
Cashman et al.
Geosphere, 2012, v. 8, p. 972–990, doi:10.1130/GES00764.1
Post–2.6 Ma tectonic and topographic evolution of the northeastern Sierra Nevada: The record in the Reno and Verdi basins