Plate/Global Tectonics—Title Image

Panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains in northern Slovakia. Highest peaks exceed 2600 m (8500 feet). The Tatras are a small portion of the Carpathian Mountain system that forms a long arc through Slovakia, Poland, the Ukraine, and Romania. Deformation took place during the Cenozoic. Notice the extensive Pleistocene alluvial fans in the foreground and left background. These fans are composed of granitic fluvial and glaciofluvial gravels that represent the most recent uplift of the Tatras. For more about this region, go to Slovakia.

Kite aerial photograph; © J.S. and S.W. Aber.

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