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Phylogeography of California$
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Kristina A. Schierenbeck

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520278875

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520278875.001.0001

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Historical Processes That Shaped California

Historical Processes That Shaped California

(p.21) 2 Historical Processes That Shaped California
Phylogeography of California

Kristina A. Schierenbeck

University of California Press

The geological history of California provides the basis for its present geological complexity. The position of California along the continental margin gives a physical context that began when the earth’s crust was formed and has resulted in rapid geological change and effective biotic isolation from much of North America. Chapter 2 begins in the early Proterozoic and describes the changes to the area of the earth currently known as North America through the Mesozoic.

Keywords:   Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Pangaea, fossils

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