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The AMERICAN CORDILLERA is a chain of mountain ranges (cordilleras ) that consists of an almost continuous sequence of mountain ranges that form the western "backbone" of North America , Central America , South America and Antarctica . It is also the backbone of the volcanic arc that forms the eastern half of the Pacific Ring of Fire .

From north to south, this sequence of overlapping and parallel ranges begins with the Alaska Range and the Brooks Range in Alaska and runs through the Yukon into British Columbia . The main belt of the Rocky Mountains along with the parallel Columbia Mountains and Coast Ranges of mountains and islands continue through British Columbia and Vancouver Island . In the United States , the Cordillera branches include the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada , and the Cascades and coastal ranges of Washington , Oregon , and California . In Mexico , the Cordillera continues through the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental , as well as the backbone mountains of the Baja California peninsula .

The ranges of the Cordillera from Mexico northwards are collectively called the North American Cordillera or Western Cordillera in the United States and Canada, and also named as the Canadian Cordillera or Pacific Cordillera in Canada.

The Cordillera continues on through the mountain ranges of Central America in Guatemala , Honduras , Nicaragua , Costa Rica , and Panama , and becomes the Andes Mountains of South America . The Andes with their parallel chains and the island chains off the coast of Chile continue through Colombia , Venezuela , Ecuador , Peru , Bolivia , Argentina , and Chile to the very tip of South America at Tierra del Fuego . In addition, the range can possibly be followed through the curved South Georgia Ridge across the Southern Ocean to the mountains of Graham Land on the Antarctic Peninsula .

REFERENCES

* ^ _A_ _B_ "Historical Geology Notes - The Breakup of Pangea and Deformation in the Western Cordillera". _Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus faculty website_. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. * ^ "The North American Cordillera: A Color Shaded-Relief Map in Oblique Mercator Projection About the Pacific- North America Pole of Rotation, Scale Circa 1:5,000,000". _pubs.usgs.gov_. Retrieved 2017-04-26.

FURTHER READING

* Silberling, N.J. et al. (1992). _Lithotectonic terrane map of the North American Cordillera_ . Reston, Va.: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

Coordinates : 32°39′12″S 70°00′42″W / 32.65333°S 70.01167°W / -32.65333; -70.01167

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