An attempt has been made in the foregoing pages to show that the diastrophic history of Southern California is closely related to the structural pattern illustrated in Figures 2 and 6. The following pages describe in greater detail the several provinces—three negative areas separated by two dependencies of the major positive area to the east—that constitute the elements of this pattern, and show how some of the more important structural details such as faults, folds and basins are related to them.

The Northern Franciscan area is bounded on the east by the San Joaquin Valley subprovince of Mohavia and on...

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