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References from David Greene on the Baja British Columbia controversy

Alternative hypotheses for the mid-Cretaceous paleogeography of the western Cordillera, Darrel S. Cowan,GSA TODAY: JULY 1994; Vol. 4; No. 7

Geologic Tests of Hypotheses for Large Coastwise Displacements – A Critique Illustrated by the Baja British Columbia Controversy, Darrel Cowan, Mark Brandon, and John Garver, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SCIENCE: February 1997, v. 297, p. 117-173; color figures from this article are available at http://love.geology.yale.edu/~brandon/Cowan_etal97/index.html

Wanderlust on the Western Margin, Kerr, Richard A., Science, 2003, vol 302, p. 1889. Summary of some current issues that contains the following quotation: "We contend that our results, while robust and reproducible, are tectonically unreasonable." (from Enkin)

A moderate translation alternative to the Baja British Columbia hypothesis, Butler et al, GSA Today: June 2001.

Neogene tilting of crustal panels near Wrangell, Alaska, Butzer et al, Geology, 2004, v 32, no 12, p. 106 -1064.

On the Baja BC hypothesis, Brandon, Mark T.; Cowan, Darrel S., Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America. Vol. 34, no. 5. p.17. Boulder, CO : Geological Society of America (GSA), Apr. 2002.

Paleomagnetism of the Mount Stuart Batholith revisited again; what has been learned since 1972?, Housen, B. et. al., American Journal of Science. Vol. 303, no. 4. p. 263-299, Apr. 2003.

Evaluation of the Baja controversy using paleomagnetic and faunal data, plume magmatism, and piercing points, Keppie, J. Duncan; Dostal, Jarda Tectonophysics. Vol. 339, no. 3-4. p. 427-442. Amsterdam : Elsevier, Sep. , 30 2001.

Archean zircons in Cretaceous strata of the western Canadian Cordillera: The "Baja BC" hypothesis fails a "crucial test", Mahoney, Brian, et al., 1999, Geology, v. 27, no. 3, p. 195-198.

Testing terrane transport: An inclusive approach to the Baja B.C. controversy, Housen, Bernard and Myrl Beck, Geology, 1999, v27, no. 12, p 1143-1146.

"Regional tilt of the Mount Stuart batholith, Washington, determined using aluminum-in-hornblende barometry: Implications for northward translation of Baja British Columbia", Jay J. Ague, Mark T. Brandon, GSA BULLETIN: APRIL 1996; v. 108; no. 4; p. 471-488; See also Discussion and Reply, GSA Bull, May, 1998.

Provenance of Albian-Cenomanian rocks of the Methow and Tyaughton basins, southern British Columbia: A mid-Cretaceous link between North America and the Insular terrane, Garver, J.I., Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 1992, v. 29, p. 1274-1295.

"Discordanat paleomagnetic poles from the Canadian Coast plutonic complex: regional tilt rather than large-scale displacement?", Robert E. Butler, George E. Gehrels, William C. McClelland, Steven R. May,David Klepacki, GEOLOGY: August, 1989; v. 17, p. 691-694.

"Geometric test for late Cretaceous-Paleogene intracontinental transform faulting in the Canadian Cordillera", Raymond A. Price,Dugald M. Carmichael, GEOLOGY:June, 1986; v. 14, p. 468-471.