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The Central Coast Ranges include the Salinas and Cuyama-Carrizo basins and the Santa Cruz Mountains area. Unusual complications of structure and stratigraphy throughout the region were caused by stresses resulting from the major fault systems (San Andreas and Nacimiento) at the boundaries. Different positions relative to these master faults and to stable granitic masses resulted in basins with three different structural and stratigraphic styles. Oily and organic shales compose a large part of the 4,500 cu mi (18,750 cu km) of Tertiary sedimentary rocks within the province. Permeable carrier beds and reservoir sandstohes form a smaller percentage of the...

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