Hold onto your hats because we might have a really BIG “illegal” from Mexico (no pun intended) right in our midst and it’s so big you can’t miss it. What I’m referring to is Mt. Stuart in Washington state. Some geologists have raised the theory that it may have actually once been a part of Mexico that broke off and moved one thousand miles north into what is today Washington state.
Geologist Nick Zentner has been investigating the mountain for awhile now and he’s come to this very conclusion. In fact, he along with other geologists say that the entire west coast of the USA geologically doesn’t “fit” with the rest of the North American continent suggesting it may have formed somewhere out in the Pacific Ocean.
“The Stuart Range near Leavenworth, Washington is one of the most beautiful mountains in all of the American West. And yet its granite contains clues that continue to puzzle geologists. Did the granite really form in Mexico and move a thousand miles north to central Washington?”, Stuart said recently. He notes that most mountains in the Cascade Range formed around 40 million years ago but the rocks of Mt Stuart were formed 93 mya. That, geologically, is a huge difference.
There’s a great little video at the site below with Zentner that raises some interesting questions about this, Pangaea, and plate tectonics.