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ABSTRACT

The Coyote Mountains of southern California lie at the interface of the Peninsular Ranges and Colorado Desert geomorphic provinces, along the active right-lateral Elsinore fault, just north of the Mexican border. This field-trip guide explores the southeastern part of the range and examines the field evidence for (1) the early Miocene passing of the edge of the slab window underneath the area as the subduction zone west of the area shut down, (2) the inception of the West Salton detachment fault between 8 and 4.5 Ma, and (3) the uplift and right-lateral distributed shearing of the range since ca. 1.2 Ma.

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