Most mountains in Wyoming were elevated about 60 million years ago, which is quite recent by geologic standards, since the oldest rocks in the cores of these mountains are about 2.8 billion years old.

Stage 1. Mountains and basins formed by folding and faulting. Extensively modified by erosion. Digitally remastered by James Rodgers.
Stage 1:
Mountains and basins formed by folding and faulting.
Extensively modifiedby erosion. (Click image above to enlarge.)

Stage 2. Basins partially filled with younger sediments derived from adjacent mountains and intermittent volcanic ash falls. Digitally remastered by James Rodgers.
Stage 2:
Basins partially filled with younger sediments derived from adjacent
mountains and  intermittent volcanic ash falls. (Click image above to enlarge.)

Stage 3. Basins filled to overflowing at low places on divides, followed by regional uplift with titling and faulting. Present master streams developed on rejuvenated surfaces. Digitally remastered by James Rodgers.
Stage 3:
Basins filled to overflowing at low places on divides, followed by regional uplift
with titling and faulting. Present master streams developed on rejuvenated surfaces.
(Click image above to enlarge.)

Stage 4. Present cycle of erosion - basins excavated. Youthful canyons cut accross resistant cores of mountains. Basin floors are lowered as canyons are deepened. Digitally remastered by James Rodgers.
Stage 4:
Present cycle of erosion - basins excavated. Youthful canyons cut accross
resistant cores of mountains. Basin floors are lowered as canyons are deepened.
(Click image above to enlarge.)

The Tetons, which rise with spectacular grandeur from the floor of Jackson Hole, are a medium-sized but unique mountain range. The bold east front, which stands above the glacial lakes at the base, resulted from intermittent but major movement of more than 20,000 feet on a steeply inclined fracture plane that slopes to the east. The rugged mountain peaks have been carved from the elevated segment of the crust. Glacial processes have produced the matterhorns and U-shaped valleys that are the characteristic landforms.

The Tetons are extremely young by geologic standards, having attained their height less than 10 million years ago. This fact places them among the youngest ranges in the Rocky Mountains. Numerous minor earthquakes within historic time in Jackson Hole attest to the fact that these mountains may still be growing.

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