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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

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.