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San Andreas Fault, Palm Desert

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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The San Andreas Fault is a continental transform fault that extends roughly 1300 km (810 miles) through California. It forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, and its motion is right-lateral strike-slip (horizontal). The fault divides into three segments, each with different characteristics and a different degree of earthquake risk, the most significant being the southern segment, which passes within about 35 miles of Los Angeles.The fault was first identified in 1895 by professor Andrew Lawson from UC Berkeley who discovered the northern zone. It is named after San Andreas Lake, a small body of water that was formed in a valley between the two plates. Following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Lawson concluded that the fault extended all the way into southern California. In 1953, geologist Thomas Dibblee astounded the scientific establishment with his conclusion that hundreds of miles of lateral movement could occur along the fault.A project called the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) near Parkfield, Monterey County, is drilling into the fault to improve prediction and recording of future earthquakes.
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  • Depending on the time of day and the time of year, take plenty of water and some proper shoes not flip flops. There are a few well laid out short trails you can follow, through Jurassic wetland to des...  read more »
  • great hiking along the fault line about 10 mins drive from Palm Desert. Theres a great little museum out there and its a great half day trip. 
  • We rented bikes and rode right through the canyon to see the fault lines- hard to miss them. Our van followed us for the 20 mile ride just in case I pooped out- but I didn't and it was a great experie...  read more »
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