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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Cagematch on the Carrizo Plain!

Another one of the cool things about the Carrizo Plain is that you can see the San Andreas Fault there. Visible! Where two continental plates collide and fight it out!



If I understood this picture right, the San Andreas Fault runs vertically down the middle. The plate on the right is moving downward; the plate on the left is moving up.



This is Wallace Creek, and they say that bend isn't a meander. It is a thirty foot displacement in what used to be a straight creekbed. Top of the creek moving away, bottom of the creek moving toward us. Cool.

3 Comments:

Blogger Dubin said...

Apparently people are speechless.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I KNOW! Silenced by such savage drama! They're aren't used to seeing pictures of this much power, power used to rip apart the very rocks of the earth. I should've warned everyone before posting scenes of violence like this. Now they know shock tactics aren't beneath me.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous ptm said...

sweet!

My understanding is that Salt Lake City's East Bench is a fault line. It's rather dramatic, especially around 1000 E from 100 S to 2100 S.

10:35 PM  

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