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The Idaho batholith forms a barrier to travel between northern and southern Idaho. Except for US 95, which follows the Salmon River suture zone through McCall and Riggins, there are no paved roads that cross the Idaho batholith from north to south.


The rising of the magmatic plutons caused the uplift of large mountains at the surface of the Earth. Thrust faulting occurred to the east in the Idaho-Wyoming Thrust Belt due to crustal thickening and compression. Isostatic rebound, mainly between 65 and 50 Ma caused erosion of the overlying rock exposing the Idaho Batholith at the surface. Eocene Challis volcanic rocks (50 Ma) rest unconformably on the middle depths of the Atlanta lobe of the batholith, demonstrating this Paleogene uplift.

West of McCall is the Western Idaho Shear Zone (WISZ) where the western side of the batholith is truncated by a right-lateral oblique thrust zone. Tens of kilometers of the western side of the batholith may be missing along this shear zone (McClelland et al., 2000; Lund , 2004). See discussion in the Accreted Terranes module.

Hyndman, D. W., 1983, The Idaho batholith and associated plutons, Idaho and Western Montana, in Roddick, J. A., editor, Circum-Pacific Pluntonic Terranes: Geologic Society of America Memoir 159, 213-240.

If you come across an outcrop (exposure) of coarse-grained igneous rock, chances are you are standing on a pluton or batholith that crystallized several km below the Earth's surface. It may represent the magma chamber of an extinct volcano or a magma body that never produced any eruptions.A pluton is a relatively small intrusive body (a few to tens of km across) that seems to represent one fossilized magma chamber. A batholith is much larger (up to hundreds of km long and 100 km across) and consists of many plutons that are similar in composition and appearance. Batholiths indicate a long period of repeated igneous intrusions over a large area, such as might be expected along a subduction zone.

Batholiths represent one interesting geologic formation created by magma cooling deep beneath the Earth's surface. Batholiths are the largest type of pluton, a massive igneous structure formed by underground magma. Plutons are categorized by size, with batholiths defined as an underground igneous structure that is at least 100 square kilometers in size.

The name batholith is derived from the Greek words batho for deep and litho for stone. Therefore, batholith literally translates as ''deep stone.'' In this lesson, the formation of batholiths and other similar intrusive igneous structures will be explored.

Half Dome, in Yosemite National Park, is a landmark recognized worldwide and beloved by rock climbers everywhere. Its spectacular shape is characteristic of the vast igneous formations known as batholiths.

A batholith is a very large mass of intrusive igneous rock that forms and cools deep in the Earth's crust. An igneous rock is a type of rock formed through the cooling of lava or magma. The term 'batholith' comes from the Greek words bathos, meaning 'depth,' and lithos, meaning 'rock.' In order for an intrusion to be called a batholith, the exposed area showing at the Earth's surface should be at least 100 square kilometers, though some of these formations are much larger than that.

There are several stages involved in the formation of a batholith. In the first stage, magma from the Earth's mantle melts the adjoining crust. Then magma rises from the Earth's mantle and lower levels of the crust, forming a magma diapir (sometimes referred to as a pluton diapir). This diapir pushes its way through the Earth's crust, creating channels through which the magma can rise. As the magma ascends through the channel towards the Earth's surface. It begins to cool due to its viscosity and heat loss to the surrounding rocks. As a result, the magma cools in place and forms new stone. This stone constitutes the basis for a new batholith.

Over time, the processes of weathering and erosion remove the overlaying sediment and rocks to reveal the batholith. It can take millions of years to form the numerous pluton diapirs contained within a single batholith. The processes of weathering and erosion also require a significant amount of time to remove the layers under which a batholith is located.

As described above, plutons represent a type of intrusive igneous structure. Different types of plutons are described based on the size of the exposed area visible to geologists. While batholiths represent the largest type of pluton, with areas greater than 100km, stocks are small plutons with areas less than 100km.

Batholiths can be found throughout the world. Two well-known batholiths in North America include the Idaho Batholith and the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. In South Africa, the Darling Batholith has also been widely studied by geologists.

Plutons are intrusive igneous rocks which form below the Earth's surface. Intrusive igneous rocks are formed when magma rises but cools below the Earth's surface. By contrast, extrusive igneous rocks are created by the eruption of magma from volcanoes and the cooling of lava on the Earth's surface. Two types of plutons include stocks and batholiths. Stocks refer to plutons having a surface area less than 100km, while batholiths represent plutons greater than 100km in area.

Although from a distance a batholith may just look like a huge lump of rock, it has an internal structure and history that can be very complicated. A batholith is made up of many individual plutons, which are smaller bodies of rock that, while still molten, traveled up through the crust to their present position. Each pluton is typically several kilometers in diameter.

If the resulting exposed rock mass is too small to be called a batholith, geologists often refer to it as a stock. Most batholiths are composed of felsic rock, such as granite, which is less dense than mafic rock, like basalt; this, along with its heat, is what allows the rock to rise. Many batholithic mountains you may have seen are smooth and rounded - this is because the stresses within the rock cause it to erode in sheets, or exfoliate, like the skin of an onion.

If the rising plutons reach the surface, a volcanic eruption starts - but most plutons tend to slow down, cool, and crystallize before that, anywhere from five to thirty kilometers below the surface. As more and more plutons come together in one place, a batholith gradually forms. Once the surface rock above it erodes away, the batholith is exposed.

A batholith is a large mass of intrusive igneous rock that forms and cools deep in the Earth's crust. Batholiths are vast, rising at least 100 square kilometers above the surface of the Earth, which is why they're so hard to miss. They are made up of plutons, which are themselves several kilometers in diameter. Batholiths can be found all over the planet, from Yosemite National Park to Canada's Coast Range.

Granitic batholiths (sensu lato) of the western U.S. Cordillera preserve a record of magmatic processes that operated at shallow- to mid-crustal depths during Mesozoic subduction and mountain building (Gromet and Silver, 1987; Bateman, 1992; Ducea, 2001; Saleeby et al., 2008; Lackey et al., 2005; Lee et al., 2006; Ducea and Barton, 2007; Miller et al., 2007; DeCelles et al., 2009; Memeti et al., 2010; Paterson et al., 2011; Cecil et al., 2012). In continental magmatic arcs, granitic batholiths are commonly viewed as frozen manifestations of large silicic magma systems that once formed above subduction zones. As such, granitic batholiths record information about elusive features of large, subduction-related silicic magmatic systems such as the rates and time scales of magmatic processes including transport, storage, and solidification of magmas in subterranean reservoirs (Miller and Paterson, 2001; Mahan et al., 2003; Coleman et al., 2004; Glazner et al., 2004; Matzel et al., 2006; de Silva and Gosnold, 2007; Lipman, 2007; Bachman et al., 2007; Miller et al., 2007; Walker et al., 2007). Deconvolving the time scales over which plutons and batholiths are emplaced and the processes involved in their generation is critical to understanding the dynamics of crustal growth in continental magmatic arcs. 041b061a72


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