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The Salton Trough was formed by the late Cenozoic interaction of three major geologic systems: the Gulf of California, Colorado River, and San Andreas fault (Fig. 1). On this field trip we will examine the stratigraphic record of these three systems as exposed in the western Salton Trough. Each day will be spent in one of the three localities ~ Split Mountain, Fish Creek Basin, and Coyote Mountains ~ that provide the best leverage on chronology, facies, and paleogeography of the early Salton Trough. Although the Salton Trough is not a significantly petroliferous basin, we will also examine sedimentary geometries, lateral variability, and reservoir-seal relationships as they might pertain to exploration and production in analogous basin settings.

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