CORDILLERA, literally Spanish for "mountains," is a term applied to the physiographic region of mountain ranges and their associated valleys and plateaus that comprise almost all of BC from the coast to the ROCKY MTS. It is one of 6 geological regions in Canada. The Cordillera was formed millions of years ago by the repeated accretion of exotic terranes that moved east and north across the earth's crust and welded onto the western edge of N America, in the process crumpling the landscape into a...

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